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Steam being hacked?

Seems as if Hacking and theft of sensitivedata is getting more and more an issue these days.
This time Valve got hacked and according to Valve, a possible access to the customers
credit card data also got possible. At current, Access to the steam network is not possible.
However Steam suggests that you check your credit card account balance regularly.

This is what Gab Newell has written to the steam users in the forum:

Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users:

Our Steam forums were defaced on the evening of Sunday, November 6. We began investigating and found that the intrusion goes beyond the Steam forums.

We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked. We are still investigating.

We don’t have evidence of credit card misuse at this time. Nonetheless you should watch your credit card activity and statements closely.

While we only know of a few forum accounts that have been compromised, all forum users will be required to change their passwords the next time they login. If you have used your Steam forum password on other accounts you should change those passwords as well.

We do not know of any compromised Steam accounts, so we are not planning to force a change of Steam account passwords (which are separate from forum passwords). However, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to change that as well, especially if it is the same as your Steam forum account password.

I am truly sorry this happened, and I apologize for the inconvenience.


It seems as if we’re about to face such messages more often in the future as this kind of information gathering seems very lucrative to the hackers.

First Sony, now Steam… who will be next?

November 12, 2011 Netspark - 1594 posts - Member since: May 9th, 2011 No Comments »

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