Steam’s Forums and Database Get Hacked

This past week Valve’s Steam was a victim of an attempted hacking with their forums being taken down and their database holding passwords, billing, purchase, address and credit card information have been breached. Valve has mentioned that there were no signs of theft of misuse. And yes, the passwords and credit card information and are encrypted.

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,” says Valve boss Gabe Newell.

So far, they’re not sure if the hackers were able to decrypt the credit card numbers and passwords.

“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.”

And here’s an e-mail sent to Steam users from a “hacking” group called fkn0wned.

“Ever wanted to dominate the servers you play on with guaranteed results, but you were too afraid to cheat because of ban risks,” read the mail.

“Along with hacks, we’ve also got some general discussion sections, hacking tutorials and tools, porn, free giveaways and much more. This site has been conditioned to meet all your needs in terms of resources so be sure to take a look and tell us what you think.

“Thanks again, the fkn0wned team.”

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