New hijacking site shuts down Steam and takes over control

This is just a quick warning message to all of you Steam users. There’s a new hijacking website floating around. The “hacker” gives you link to a website (nothing out of ordinary) but the problem is that when you click on it your Steam client will shut down immediately and you won’t we able to login to your Steam account from now on.

Yes, we realize that if your e-mail is verified on Steam the “hacker” won’t be able to change the password but still he or she can get you VAC Banned and if you have shit loads of games like me it wouldn’t be very pleasant, would it?

You may think that “mehhh I don’t click links from strangers anyway” but that’s the problem, the new “hacker” takes over your friend’s Steam account and pretends to be your friend just so you could click the link – I know I would click on some random tinyurl.com link from my friends.

So yeah, be careful out there. I wonder what’s Valve going to do about it.

PS: This is not just me saying, here’s a random Steam Forums thread about it.

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stranded

I run this place! :D

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  1. red ice

    Had two friends who had their accounts hacked and one of them did the exact same thing (casual msg with a link that you wouldn’t suspect to be a spam). Luckily a quick response with the help of friends notifying them about the PMs right away saved their accounts before anything more happened.

    Funny thing about it, when it contacted me, I only popped a “?” as a reply because a sudden link is always questionable. Maybe because my nick at the time was in Chinese characters, it responded in Chinese with the same link.

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  2. ld13

    Why does this sound more and more like an old wives’ tale to me? I’d love to see the technical side of this ….

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  3. 0cube

    thats why i dont even click on tinyurls. i wanna know where i am going and will not even click a single link where i cant figure it out.

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  4. m!nus

    “There is also one more (less threatening) hijack attempt lately. They give you a link and the link OPENS UP IN STEAM AS STORE or COMMUNITY PAGE, looks exactly the same as store and then asks you to login (on the website).”
    I got an easy solution to that: I never log in inside Steam, i just restart it. (yes, i got a really long password)

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  5. letmeplay

    Thank for very much for telling us whats going on now :D , maybe helpfull if you post a link or a screenshot so we can see what it looks like.

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  6. stranded

    There is also one more (less threatening) hijack attempt lately. They give you a link and the link OPENS UP IN STEAM AS STORE or COMMUNITY PAGE, looks exactly the same as store and then asks you to login (on the website).

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  7. m!nus

    Give me the link, I wanna check it out.

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  8. Kissaki

    Mh, what kind of link is that?
    Is the website the problem?
    I’d be interested in the technical details…

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  9. qwertyacme

    thanks a lot, i’ll be on the lookout.

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  10. stranded

    I got no detailed info about it yet

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  11. H4ndy

    Just enable the preview featue of tinyurl.com ;) But thats really bad, is there any more information about the hack? e.g. which browsers are affected?

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  12. dacho

    Woah, thanks for the heads up.

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