Valve has now offered more information on what happened on Christmas Day, when some users of its Steam PC game download service viewed accounts on its web site other than its own. Valve said about 34,000 accounts were viewed in that fashion, due to a combination of a denial-of-service attack and an error from their web caching partner.
Valve said the attack caused traffic on the Steam site to go up by 2000%:
Valve said that the issue lasted for about 90 minutes before the company shut down the Steam store:
Valve said there were no unauthorized actions on those accounts, and as such no additional actions were needed by those users. Valve said they are contacting the users who were affected by these issues but it did not state what they plan to offer to the owners of those Steam store accounts. It added:
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