Tech Bytes: 77k Steam accounts hacked into monthly

77k Steam accounts hacked into monthly

Video game developer Valve has revealed that 77,000 accounts on its Steam platform are compromised every month.

The company mentioned the figure in a statement on the Steam website last week, which discussed the security risks its users face and what it is doing to protect them.

"What used to be a handful of hackers is now a highly effective, organised network in the business of stealing and selling items," it wrote.

In order to increase security, Valve recently introduced two-factor authentication with the Steam Guard Mobile Authenticator, a service that requires Steam users to log in to the Steam app on their phone to access their account.

Electronic Arts kicks off e-sports division

Electronic Arts, the game studio behind blockbuster titles such as Star Wars Battlefront and Fifa, has launched its new Competitive Gaming Division.

The department will be led by former chief operating officer Peter Moore, who will now be the executive vice-president and chief competition officer of the company.

The new division aims to develop live events, grow the community of players and "create highly-engaging competitive experiences with our games," said chief executive officer Andrew Wilson in a statement.

Transfer cash via SMS with Google Wallet

A forthcoming update to Google's Wallet app will allow a user to transfer money to a non-Google Wallet user with just a phone number.

"When you send money to a phone number, the recipient will get a text message with a secure link. They can simply enter their debit card to claim the money and it will be available in their bank account within minutes," according to an update on the Google Commerce Blog.

GoPro now Apple Watch compatible

GoPro just added Apple Watch compatibility to their cameras. Users can now use their Apple Watch to start and stop recording, review clips and tag certain highlighted segments of video.

The company also updated its iOS and Android phone apps to make it easier for users to display different categories of media.

GoPro has also announced that its first camera-equipped drone, called Karma, will be launching in the first half of next year.

Microsoft's Cortana now on iOS, Android

Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana is now available on iOS and Android phones.

Cortana will also be integrated into Chinese manufacturer OnePlus' Cyanogen OS-powered phone, One.

The Cortana apps will only be available in the United States and China at launch, and will slowly expand to other territories.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 16, 2015, with the headline 'Tech Bytes: 77k Steam accounts hacked into monthly'. Print Edition | Subscribe