According to Valve, 77, 000 Steam reports are hijacked on a monthly basis, and the company is wanting to fight back again.
The organization says when they will launched Steam Trading, the accounts begun getting stolen from 20 times your rate they previously were, and while Valve protected the victims there were plenty of pitfalls for that full trading economy, especially as it diluted the worthiness of rare items.
“What used to be a handful of hackers is now a highly effective, organized network, in the business of stealing and selling items. It would be easier for them to go after the users who don’t understand how to stay secure online, but the prevalence of items make it worthwhile to target everyone. We see around 77,000 accounts hijacked and pillaged each month. These are not new or naïve users; these are professional CS:GO players, reddit contributors, item traders, etc. Users can be targeted randomly as part of a larger group or even individually. Hackers can wait months for a payoff, all the while relentlessly attempting to gain access. It’s a losing battle to protect your items against someone who steals them for a living,”
Valve says in an open letter to users.
To counteract the hackers, Valve says it has “worked to increase account security characteristics, closed loopholes, improved how when we message customers that their account is at risk, added self-locking, in addition to created the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator (two-factor authentication), ” and it really is imploring users to register for the Steam Guard Authenticator as quickly as possible to protect their own accounts.