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Valve: Steam Hacked, Better Monitor Your Credit Card Statements

Valve: Steam Hacked, Better Monitor Your Credit Card Statements

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially if you were in the midst of having a fine evening up to this point, but technically, Valve's Gabe Newell is the messenger we're imploring everyone not to shoot. Gabe's a likable guy, it's just that his message to Steam users is nothing short of disconcerting, and potentially infuriating. Straight and to the point, Steam's database was hacked and all your personal information up for grabs, including encrypted credit card details. How's you're evening going now?

Steam's forums were hacked into and defaced over the weekend, and upon further investigation, Valve discovered that the intrusion runs deeper than just forum shenanigans.


"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," Gabe said in an email.

Even though Valve is only aware of "a few forum accounts that have been compromised" and so far has no evidence of any compromised Steam accounts or credit card misuse, Valve says "you should watch your credit card activity and statements clearly." Ugh -- is anyone else reminded of that scene in Step Brothers when Dale Doback screams, "It's bad! It's so bad!"

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this is getting old -_- if my good email address starts to get spammed now imma cry

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Why? :(. Why must there be hackers in this world, can't we all live in peace? :D

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we need the a-team in on this!

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Because they'll get paid more for their skill on the black market than any other job.

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Eh... Knowing Valve it's probably going to be okay. If my password does end up being unencrypted and my account suddenly compromised then I am going to truly worry then.

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"This really sucks, but I'm glad I'm haven't used steam yet. But imagine how many millions more, would have been victim if Battlefield 3 was available on Steam."

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Wheatley:
But imagine how many millions more, would have been victim if Battlefield 3 was available on Steam."

That is a pretty biased statement right there... I mean there was Battlefield Bad Company 2, and Grand Theft Auto IV; the issue is more severe then you think and quite frankly I'm tired of your ignorance here...

There are millions of people using Steam, whether or not Battlefield 3 was available on Steam does not diminish the number of subscribers using the service... Just because Battlefield 3 is not on there does not mean that a sizable number of people out there who's had their info compromised... But again, while the emails may have not been encrypted, their passwords and credit card information are... And if it's any indication of past encounters with encrypted data; I am very sure Valve used a complicated encryption algorithm to protect the user's password and credit card information. I mean hey, why should they be Sony and let everything be insecure; they love their customers right?

Also...

Wheatley:
but I'm glad I'm haven't used steam yet.

Just because you said that comment afterward does not rid the fact that you don't take this seriously. At all... Now who says something like that?

Side note: You have got to have something other then Battlefield 3 for the PC. I mean you've had that PC for a pretty long time right, surely you must have other games for it...

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TaylorKarras:
Side note: You have got to have something other then Battlefield 3 for the PC. I mean you've had that PC for a pretty long time right, surely you must have other games for it..

"Angry Birds, off course."

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OptimusPrimeTime:
"Angry Birds, off course."

Angry Birds doesn't count (or any game (flash or otherwise) that you can play through Facebook for that matter.); though it is funny that you play that game on a system that is outdated in terms of performance and Battlefield 3 playability. *cough* Radeon HD 4870X2 *cough*

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TaylorKarras:
though it is funny that you play that game on a system that is outdated in terms of performance and Battlefield 3 playability. *cough* Radeon HD 4870X2 *cough*

"Hahaha, according to Tomshardware Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart, my 4870X2 , 2GB , BTW, has more Graphics umph, than your weakling little single GPU 6950. It still even matches a GTX 480 Cool"

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fastest-graphics-card-radeon-geforce,3067-7.html


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OptimusPrimeTime:
my 4870X2 , 2GB , BTW, has more Graphics umph, than your weakling little single GPU 6950.

But he's got you on DX11 capability. Smile

When are you two gonna knock this crap off?

It's getting OLD!

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EDIT: Forget what I said.

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This is why I buy my games the old fashioned way.

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thunderdan602:
This is why I buy my games the old fashioned way.

Me too usually.

~*Then*~   I tie them to my STEAM account so all of the latest updates come down the pipe auto-magically.

I've won some steam codes for free games as well. (thanks Hot Hardware!)

But I have never given STEAM my credit card number. Big Smile

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Email accounts cost nothing. There shouldn't be any reason to use your direct personal email address for things like steam, subscriptions, etc. I'd be worried about the credit card info though if I were a customer. I'm not much of a gamer, and I buy my games in brick and mortar stores as much as possible anyway.

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Just got off my steam account pre-loading Skyrim so I can play when midnight rolls around, made myself a nice cup of tea and sit down and browse internet....and this is the next crap I see......FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUU!

aw well, guess I'll be watching my statements.

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let those hackers use my card, i will shut them down. Remember guys, never ever ever put your debit card on the internet, only use credit. Debt cards can have all your money out your account all at once if a hacker gets a hold of it.

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Luckily here in the Netherlands we use 2pass authentication for everything we do with out money, so not threat for me. And I am glad to see that the information was hashed/salted and encrypted.

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This is (again) one of the few times I'm real happy I don't have a credit card ;-)

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We hate to be the bearer of bad news, especially if you were in the midst of having a fine evening up to this point, but technically, Valve's Gabe Newell is the messenger we're imploring everyone not to shoot. Gabe's a likable guy, it's just that his message to Steam users is nothing short of disconcerting, and potentially infuriating. Straight

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Get used to it these types of things will continue to happen and are only going to get worse before they get better. Changed passwords again and will be watching credit card statements though I don't really think they got that far.

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Its deplorable what the hackers anew have become vs the hackers of old. I guess they don't really stand for the people since its the people they hurt. 

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can we have biometric scans instead of passwords already...

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jonation:

can we have biometric scans instead of passwords already...

I'm not sure if biometric scans will be that much better then passwords. I mean think about it, biometric scans and passwords are really the same and can be hacked in mostly the same way.

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I'm so over these "hackers" trying to grow there e-peen getting into sites like this. I already put a watch on my credit card. Steam does have my card info, but its a separate account since I really don't trust anything online as of late. They would get all of $15 if they did get in and my cards are all set up to just decline rather than getting overdraft charges.

 

 

Also to the biometric scanning comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BwfYSR7HttA#!

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