More than $2 million worth of CSGO skins stolen from hacked Steam account

It is known among players of Counter-Strike that all CSGO skins are worth some serious money. These in-game items that are worth tens of thousands of dollars in some cases, are without a doubt one of the most valuable skins that ever existed in a video game.

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With these skins having such huge value, there are people out there who are waiting for a chance to get their hands on these and make a quick money. Unfortunately, it has been reported that one of the most valuable Steam inventories has been hacked and over $2 million skins are being sold or transferred already.

Last June 21, CSGO skin expert ohnePixel tweeted that the skins that were collected by notorious skin collector HFB have been stolen. Ultra-rare items such as Souvenir Dragon Lore AWP skins along with no-star and #1 Blue Gem Karambit skins are only some of the stolen inventory.

For reference, a #1 Blue Gem Karambit is estimated to cost more than €1.2 million (or $1.26 million). This skin is considered as one of the rarest skin in CSGO.

It’s under debate how the hacker got access to HFB’s items, as Steam has a 7 day market cooldown when users login from a new device or change their password. Shortly after, a Twitter user named @quyy112 explained how the hackers likely gained access to the account without going through the waiting period.

Another CSGO skin expert named zipeL provided more info about the incident, explaining that HFB hadn’t logged into his account in three years. Though he had a mobile authenticator active, his email and password were changed. Moreover, as his items were sold, it seems that those items are disappearing from their new owners, which zipel thinks could be the result of a Steam error.

What zipel claimed to be a Steam error was confirmed when the trades were reverted. According to zipel, everyone who has bought HFB’s stolen skins had the items taken away from them, except one user who has acquired the Dragon Lore and moved it to a storage unit, zipel further added that “it could be a sign of a major internal fuckup within steam that led to the hack being a possibility.”

Valve should have taken a serious look at how they handle account security so this kind of incident shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Hopefully, HFB can still get back what they lost, or at least even just a half of it.