In yet more proof that a lot of hackers just want to exploit, users of Steam should beware of the malware “Steam Stealer”, which can give hackers the ability to steal items from the Inventories of other users.
A research report by Kapersky Lab (a cybernetics company) has given insight into the malware, which is an easily affordable way for would-be hackers to begin their foray into mediocrity and pointless trolling. $3 dollars allows wannabe users the usage rights for the Steam Stealer software, while $7 dollars adds the ability to use source code, along with an instruction manual.
This is in opposition to other such hacker programs, which commit robberies of their own by costing around $500 dollars. There are other versions of Steam Stealer that cost more than this one, but none of them go over $30 dollars. The researchers for Kapersky Lab were actually very surprised at the sheer size of the varieties of the program.
“While collecting samples for this research we quickly became aware of how much we had underestimated the size of this campaign.”
Steam Stealer is the reason that Valve had to change Steam’s security protocols, as in December it got reports of over 77,000 accounts being hacked by people using Steam Stealer.
Steam Stealer previously had no security software, but nowadays has a labyrinthine amount of obfuscated code in order to slip through detection software. The malware is, through this, able to make its way through Steam’s Captcha, and can also be hidden in Google Docs, Dropbox, Pastebin, and more to host downloads.
The viruses are even hidden in download links that look legitimate, such as TeamSpeak or Razer Comms, both gaming messengers that are two of the most often-used avenues of hackers.
So, for the sake of your Steam library and your wallet, we here at SegmentNext ask you to be careful, and to do your best to stay away from anything that might be an avenue for Steam Stealer to break in.