Steam Hacked, Database Exposed

By Darryl Kaye on November 11, 2011, 5:31AM EDT
PC

Valve's online digital distribution service, Steam, has become the latest high-profile casualty to hacking as the company has revealed they were compromised on the 6th of November.

Co-found Gabe Newell was the bearer of bad news when he released a statement that said "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."

This means that the Steam database was compromised, along with the forums. Newell went on to say that the database contained user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encypted credit card information.

Newell went on to say something that sounded all too familiar though, by claiming that there was no evidence that the credit card information was taken, but did stated that "nonetheless you should watch your credit card activity and statements closely."

Valve plan to get the Steam forums re-opened as soon as possible, but this further serves to highlight the perils of digital distribution.

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