Who deploys code changes on Dec 25th?
Gamers browsing the online store have found themselves logged into other people’s accounts, revealing strangers’ profile settings and other sensitive details, such as addresses, PayPal account information and partial bank card numbers.
A spokesperson for Steam was not available for immediate contact.
Updated to add on December 26
Steam is back up and running again after shutting down temporarily to fix its privacy snafu. Security London understands the cockup was triggered by a configuration tweak on December 25th – a super busy time of the year – that backfired and led to profile page caching issues.
I kind of think it’s super unprofessional for steam to have not said anything on their social media
— Victoria (@victoriashaz) December 26, 2015
Given this started happening in the past few minutes on Christmas Day, surely Half-Life developer Valve – Steam’s overlord – didn’t deploy a change over the festival weekend?We’ll update this story as more details come in. If you can access your own account, removing your payment settings would be a good idea. Perhaps the leak is being caused by a web caching screwup, or bungled handling of cookies