Hidden Password Prompt Surfaces On Steam

Francesco De Meo
Posted Dec 31, 2015
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This year’s Steam Winter Sale has been pretty tame compared to previous years, without any huge deal or anything similar. In the past few hours, however, some dedicated users have discovered something very interesting that’s been introduced to every page on the store recently, something that might be hiding something big.

In the past few hours users from the Steam Sale Detectives subreddit have discovered that there is a hidden password prompt in all pages. No one has been able to find out the correct password but some users have tried entering the code which was featured by the Winter Sale comic on the Hitman: Codename 47 page, revealing a series of numbers which, in turn, link to a sound file teasing something.

Go to any app page (ie: http://store.steampowered.com/app/298110/ ) and type SEARCH and then press Enter. You’ll get a prompt for a password:

This prompt is controlled by this bit of JavaScript:

http://store.akamai.steamstatic.com/public/javascript/nothingtoseehere.js

If you get the password right you should be redirected to another page.

 

UPDATE

Entering the code from the hitman page as an url:

store.steampowered.com/wintercomic/4f21ca7

returns a soundfile.

“I was on the right track, I could feel it. Tomorrow, I was going to search again”

The discovery of the password and the audio file is a few hours old so there’s the chance that we will learn more about the matter even today. In the meantime, let speculation go wild.

A few hours ago Steam released a statement on Steam’s Christmas bug which allowed Steam users to access other users’ accounts. According to Valve, the Steam Christmas Bug started with a DOS Attack on the Steam Store and the company is currently busy identifying users whose information has been seen by others. You can learn more about the matter by going here.

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