Valve Anti Cheat System Spies On Your Internet History

Update: As many commenters have pointed out, this story does have a happy ending. CEO of Valve, Gabe Newell, ultimately came forward and explained away the possible spying, as in-fact a way to check for cheat DRM, which does exist apparently. The cheats, which were paid for, would often 'phone home' to make sure the user was legitimate. That's what Valve was checking for.

After decompiling the latest version of Valve's Valve Anti Cheat system (VAC), the guys at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Reddit discovered that the latest version of the system reports Steam players' internet history to Valve.

More specifically, VAC now:

"Goes through all your DNS Cache entries (ipconfig /displaydns)
Hashes each one with MD5
Reports back to VAC Servers"

DNS Cache is the part of the operating system that stores the IP addresses of all recently accessed domains. It is not tied to a specific browser or program, making it an ideal place to find out all domains visited by the user.

It is worth noting the Steam terms and conditions obligate its users to abide to a certain online conduct and not to use cheats. The platform's privacy policy also states clearly that it may collect "personally identifiable information", but promises not to share it with other parties.

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only one side of the story.

this is a bullshit angle of the story. megagames should be ashamed to have posted it. hackers created this spin to make valve look bad. the reality is the people who make hacks try to charge for them, and their cheats include drm to "phone home" to the cheat site to make sure the noob paid for his hacks. (yes, its kind of hypocritical bullshit, in a way) anyways, all VAC does is check if your PC is phoning home to those known cheat sites. it doesnt know or care what other sites you visit. Gabe Newell took the time to make a post on reddit explaining the details. megagames, please dont post click-bait bullshit stories. how desperate are you these days?

crap articles

Megagames has been posting late and heavily biased articles for ages now, sadly it just keeps getting worse and I find myself questioning why I still even come here. It's never anything I don't already know.

Poor show

This wasn't one of mine but I've updated it so it's a little more up to date. I doubt there was anything malicious behind the posting, but hopefully the writer will take more time in future to research their stories properly.

"lets all line up to suck

"lets all line up to suck half life 3 out of Gabe's dick" you sycophants piss me off if anyone else applied these kinds of practices you would be up in fucking arms, fan boy dumb shits. valves stuff was good but still overrated no way I would play through half life or half life 2 more than once compared to a game like Chrono Trigger or FF6 and I don't even get into jrpgs anymore

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