December 6, 2016

How I Got Hacked

So about a year ago I was the victim of a hack through Steam that I would like to share with you guys and ask some questions I would like answers to.

I used to be a pretty avid DotA2 player and I found a forum post that was putting together a team to do competitions. I added the individual on steam and he sent me a link to this VOIP software. It was a popular distro that I was aware of so I clicked the download link on the website (which was just a very clever copy of the actual website). Once downloaded my steam shut down and when I started it back up the person that had hacked me had full control of my computer. He was typing to my friends and giving them links to the site as well while I tried to erase his messages and so forth. After I exited steam he attempted to change my password, but luckily I stopped that when he had to verify through my email which I used to freeze my account. I forgot how I got rid of the malware, pretty sure there was a built in steam repair exe that fixed it for me, but at the end of the day about 50 dollars worth of DotA2 skins were traded away to some unknown steam user. Luckily, steam gave me back my stuff and told me to never do it again! After that I changed my password on email and steam, added a steam pin, and now have secure login.

Questions:
What kind of program did I use to where he had full control of my computer? I find it funny that he would go through all this trouble only to steal some of my steam items.

-How bad could this have been for me?

-If it were to happen again would there be a way to get his IP since he was remotely connected?

-How would you have done what he did and what stuff could/would you have stolen? I want to know how an experienced hacker would approach setting up an attack like this and what they would look for once they were ‘in’

-What are some of the best ways to defend against this before it happens, during it happens, and measures to take in the fallout?

Also, yes I know I stupid for downloading what was probably an obvious scam, roast me all you want I deserve it.

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