Earlier this week the Steam forums were comprised. It didn’t seem like too big a deal at the time. After an internal investigation Gabe Newell of Valve has announced that it wasn’t just the forums that were compromised. The intruders got a hold of a database of user names, hashed passwords, encrypted credit cards, purchase history, email and billing addresses.
This was revealed in an email to all steam users which we are reproducing below.
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.
We will reopen the forums as soon as we can.
I am truly sorry this happened, and I apologize for the inconvenience.
For the TL;DR crowd. You will be forced to change your passwords on your next login and you should start watching your credit card statements for unusual activity.
On the bright side. At least they encrypted most of the information. At this point though, with so many companies getting hacked, I think it’s time for all the information to be under some sort of encryption. It doesn’t take that much information to get identity theft rolling.
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