Valve is doing some damage control after its user-based community was threatened by alleged source code leaks from two of its famous games.
The Washington-based video game developer recently addressed the public after the surge of code leak news on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 surfaced online.
The company reassured everyone that the unauthorized release of the said source code is nothing to be alarmed of. The code is reportedly a repost from a supposed leak in 2018.
Forbes quotes Valve’s response:
We have reviewed the leaked code and believe it to be a reposting of a limited CS:GO engine code depot released to partners in late 2017, and originally leaked in 2018. From this review, we have not found any reason for players to be alarmed or avoid the current builds (as always, playing on the official servers is recommended for greatest security). We will continue to investigate the situation and will update news outlets and players if we find anything to prove otherwise. In the meantime, if anyone has more information about the leak, the Valve security page (https://www.valvesoftware.com/en/security) describes how best to report that information.
Assumption about the source code
Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has one of the biggest user-based communities in the video gaming world.
The multiplayer FPS video game has maintained its popularity after its 2012 release, with reportedly over a million players logging in each day. Not to mention having one of the biggest events in the eSports scene.
Meanwhile, the similar FPS video game Team Fortress 2 also maintained its vast community since its 2007 release— although smaller compared to CS: GO.
On the original Reddit post, players discuss how the source code can be used to hack into players’ computers.
Don't play TF2 right now. Source code leaked and your account and computer will get fucked if you're not careful. Hoping Valve fixes what I did *honk* pic.twitter.com/DbyhgFAg22
— Goose (@UntitledGoose_) April 22, 2020
After the code was posted, early info on it seemed to suggest that by simply logging in to the aforementioned games and being on the same server with a hacker who has the said code.
These hackers will be capable of dangerously exposing the players’ accounts and their computers. Considering the massive community that Valve has on these two video games, the possibility of being vulnerable to hacking is quite daunting.
Nevertheless, this doesn’t seem to be the case, as recently clarified by Valve.
Behind the leak
According to WIRED, Tyler McVicker of the Valve News Network YouTube channel identifies the culprit to be someone from “a small group of people who develop Valve fan games” that somehow still had unauthorized access to the code since 2018.
The move to publicly release the code was allegedly an act of retribution after one of its members was kicked off from their Discord group.
Although Valve has already reassured its players that the code is not a threat, the company still advised observing necessary precautions, such as remaining on the official servers.
Featured image courtesy of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive