Hello everyone. This blog is about an incident happened with me today, when my steam account almost got hacked. I am writing this blog to spread awareness among you guys.
It was a normal day like all the days in my life. I was gaming as usual and was about to beat Mr. Freeze in Batman Arkham City, when I randomly got a message from a friend on steam , stating "Hello. My friend wants to trade with you. Add him: (link)". This was really unusual for me, since I NEVER EVER once chatted with this friend since I added him, and suddenly out of nowhere he was referring me to one of his friend for trading. That was weird. I didn't pay any attention to it at first, then I got spammed by him and getting annoyed finally opened that profile.
It seemed like an usual account to me. It had to log in order to add him as a friend; I was too lazy to do so and continued on playing, and probably my laziness saved my account from being hacked. I later found out that it was a way of hacking steam account, when someone on the Facebook posted about it.
Check the screenshot here: screenshot (sorry for the link, couldn't downsize the picture)
As you can notice in the screen, there are misspellings in the link:
steamcommunity is written as steancommurity
If you've received messages like this, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK (isn't that obvious though ? lol). It will redirect you to a phishing site looking exactly like steam site. You'll be asked for a SSFN file when you try to login on this site, and this SSFN file can BYPASS YOUR STEAMGUARD.
If, unfortunately, you have opened the link and logged in through it. You can do the following:
1. Change your Email, password and security question immediately.
2. Remove authorization of all other PCs from steam.
3. Log out from steam; delete SSFN file from your steam directory; re-log in to steam.
Please avoid all the of these kinds if you're getting any, and block the persons from whom you are getting these. That's about it guys. Stay on alert and have a nice day!
G1998 (a.k.a Banana)