Steam , the online gaming platform for computers, has a variety of safeguards in place to help prevent players from unintentionally accessing suspicious links and unrelated websites. However, exploits can arise at any time, and it seems that one potentially severe exploit that went ignored for two years has finally been addressed. Recently, a white-hat hacker group reported that it had discovered a problem within Steam's code over two years ago that had gone ignored by Valve up to that point. The Steam exploit was reported to have been able to give nefarious users control over a player's computer, allowing them to potentially access sensitive information like billing info and passwords. The group, Secret Club, publicly revealed the information last week, noting that despite contacting Valve about the issue previously, the problem was still unresolved. To make matters worse, Secret Club claimed that Valve was purposefully hiding the issue, and wouldn't allow them to publicly disclose the details of the exploit. In the meantime, players' accounts have been at risk, as the exploit could be utilized via Steam player invites or even community servers, which games like Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 heavily rely upon. It appears that the public pressure and awareness of the exploit forced Valve's hand, as the developer has now officially addressed and repaired the issue. @floesen_, a member of Secret Club who originally reported the issue, announced that the exploit has been fixed and that Valve has given them the go-ahead to detail what exactly the exploit entailed in the future technical write-up. While this is great news for Steam users, unfortunately, some issues still remain. The Secret Club has also previously reported on exploits that could be used for nefarious purposes specific to both Team Fortress 2 and CS: GO , which at the time of this writing, have not yet been fixed. With the recent action from Valve, however, there's a good chance that fixes for these issues will also be issued in the near future. While Team Fortress 2 has been overrun by bots for quite some time now and has been largely overlooked by Valve in favor of continued support and releases of some of its other game franchises, the large player bases and continual microtransactions made through these games will likely see a big hit if the developer doesn't take steps to fix them soon. Steam's competition has yet to make a massive impact on the storefront, with Epic Games Store reporting major losses over the last two years. However, if exploits like these go unaddressed in the future, it may give PC gamers pause over which company they choose to buy and play games through. It's in Steam's and players' best interests to address these issues as soon as they're brought to its attention going forward. View Maverick Gaming's online shop to upgrade your gear.
Nintendo Of America has filed a lawsuit against Switch hacking organisation Xecuter. The news was reported by Polygon , which obtained the lawsuit filed on Friday, April 16. The lawsuit alleges that Team Xecuter member Gary Bowser has infringed on its copyright in order to create and sell hacks for the Nintendo Switch. Check out the complete lawsuit filing here . In the lawsuit, Nintendo described the operation as “an international pirate ring” that sells hacking devices to circumvent security measures for the Nintendo Switch, ultimately allowing the console to run pirated games. Per the lawsuit, Bowser has allegedly been creating and selling hacking devices for Nintendo consoles dating back to 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS. The report also notes that Bowser has been linked to multiple past crimes in relation to the current lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Bowser was charged in Canada in 2008 for an operation “involving counterfeit Nintendo video games and the modification of video game consoles”. Late last year, Bowser and his accomplice at Team Xecuter were arrested for tracking “circumvention devices, the vast majority of which target Nintendo consoles”. Nintendo also claims that “Team Xecuter’s unlawful SX OS is the most-installed piracy software on the Nintendo Switch. At one point, the SX OS was pre-installed on 89% of modded/hacked Nintendo Switch products available for illegal sale”. The damages seemed by Nintendo include USD$2,500 for each trafficked device, as well as USD$150,000 for each copyright violation. Nintendo also wants Bowser’s operations to be shut down for good. View Maverick Gaming's online shop to upgrade your gear.
Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S can now download two new games as part of April's Games With Gold free games offering. Last month, Xbox players protested the month's offering, which is admittedly very poor, especially in comparison to PlayStation Plus' offering for the month. At the start of April, two of these games were made available for all subscribers: Vikings: Wolves of Midgard and Dark Void . The former is still available to download until April 30, however, the latter has returned back to its normal price and made way for the other two games that make up the month's offering.
As of right now, all Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download both Truck Racing Championship and Hard Corps: Uprising for free. The former is an Xbox One game that's also playable on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S via backward compatibility while the latter is an Xbox 360 game playable on each of its successors via the same technology.
Below, you can check out a trailer for both of these games, read an official description of each of these games, and find out how long each is available for free to all with an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Truck Racing Championship
About: "The only official simulation that features all the unique characteristics of the ETRC and offers all racing fans a completely new driving experience: race a giant 5-tonne, 1,000-horsepower truck against 12 competitors while respecting the race rules to avoid penalties."
Platform: Xbox One
Availability: Free Until May 15 Hard Corps: Uprising
About: "Thrilling retro run-and-gun action is back with a vengeance in Hard Corps: Uprising , a 2D side-scroller developed by ARC System Works that pays homage to classic Konami action series. Battle in the grueling trenches of Arcade mode, or the all-new Rising mode, where a point system allows you to purchase items and upgrades to help you achieve ultimate victory. Partner with a friend to lay down some serious carnage."
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