Steam's Database Hacked - Potential Credit Card Theft

Evilwaffles
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4:57 AM - Nov 11, 2011 #1

Gabe Newell announced today that Steam's database and forums have been hacked. According to Newell, Steam's forums were defaced earlier this week, and further investigation led to evidence that the hackers had obtained access to the Steam database.

"This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information," Newell wrote. "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."

While the hackers may have had access to the data, it isn't immediately clear how much information they actually took, or if any of it has been used.

"We don't have evidence of credit card misuse at this time," Newell added. "Nonetheless you should watch your credit card activity and statements closely."

Beyond personal information, Newell also issued an advisory about Steam forum accounts. All users will be required to change their passwords the next time they log in, and Newell recommends changing the passwords on any other accounts that used the same password.

"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."
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Julius Quasar
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6:52 AM - Nov 11, 2011 #2

This is why I don't have/use Steam... :P
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7:56 AM - Nov 11, 2011 #3

This reminds me of when PS network and Nintendo were hacked. Do you think it might be the same group?
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4:16 PM - Nov 11, 2011 #4

I don't think it was anonymous, no. They hack to attack, not to steal.
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Fana McCloud
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9:44 PM - Nov 11, 2011 #5

The hacker's timing is a bit bad - for them. I'm switching banks soonish anyway. :3 But yeah, need to change my password, oh joy.
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3:22 PM - Nov 12, 2011 #6

Good thing I changed my debit card :3

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2:58 AM - Nov 19, 2011 #7

Thats pc gaming for ya, I wonder how long this well go on.
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8:22 AM - Nov 19, 2011 #8

I meant that other group that hacked it just to see if they could, and expose the fact that their securities have weaknesses. What, was this attack made for the intention to steal?
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7:22 PM - Nov 19, 2011 #9

wrote:Thats pc gaming for ya.
Not sure if serious.
wrote:What, was this attack made for the intention to steal?
I don't know, I would believe so, but Steam is so heavily encrypted that they would have to spend almost twenty years or so to crack it.
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9:26 AM - Nov 20, 2011 #10

That's assuring XD
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