November 11, 2011

Valves online Steam service hacked

Some of you may have noticed that the Steam forums were shut down last weak and are still down. This is the result of Steam being hacked. The actu­al steam ser­vice remains func­tion­al but the forums will remain down until Valve gets things sort­ed out. Until then no joy for the Steam forum.
The intrud­ers gained access to a Steam user data­base con­tain­ing “user names, hashed and salt­ed pass­words, game pur­chas­es, email address­es and encrypt­ed cred­it card info”.
Despite that fact that as of yet there is no evi­dence to sug­gest that card num­bers or iden­ti­fi­able infor­ma­tion have been tak­en, or the encryp­tion on said infor­ma­tion was bro­ken, users would be wise to mon­i­tor there bank accounts more close­ly in the fol­low­ing weeks.
In the mean time while Valve inves­ti­gates the intru­sion users will have to deal with the forums being down and while there isn’t a force pass­word change being pushed through to accounts, as there is no knowl­edge of any steam accounts being com­pro­mised, it is a good idea to change your Steam pass­word. When the forums come back up there will be a forced pass­word change for the forum login.
Lets just hope this doesn’t turn into anoth­er Sony inci­dent, Valve may not be as large as Sony but they are big enough and a deep hack could shat­ter Valves cred­i­bil­i­ty if not han­dled del­i­cate­ly. Either way pre­pare for your “inbox” to blow up with solicit­ed spam and be cau­tious of any unrec­og­nized emails as they may con­tain virus­es.

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