Updated Video game marketplace Steam is leaking people's personal information – including their payment details and billing addresses – to strangers.
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.
Screenshots of the security cockup are appearing on Twitter:
I can confirm that: Steam gave me access to another person's account with credit card info and purchase history pic.twitter.com/IzhE4M5sme— Steam Spy (@Steam_Spy) December 25, 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?
.@steam_games In our datacenter we have an emergency power-off button. Just an idea.— SecuriTay (@SwiftOnSecurity) December 25, 2015
To those people wondering why Steam hasn't pulled the plug... Jeez, you can't do that, gamers would then have to talk to their families.— Adi Kingsley-Hughes (@the_pc_doc) December 25, 2015
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 – if you have any ideas, drop us a postcard, please.
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. The Register 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