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Steam Hacked

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November 10, 2011 5:25:42 PM

Anyone that frequents the Steam forums knows that they were hacked and there has been a lot of web traffic on that subject.

going to the site:
http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/

results in the message "The Steam Forums are temporarily offline for maintenance. Your patience is appreciated."

If you do a search you will find countless websites with information about the hack some with the changes that were made to the steam forums before they were taken down on Monday directing people to a hacking site and also spamming some users emails with spam for the same hacking site.

The real question is why is there no story on toms about all this? It started 4 days ago and there is a LOT of information out there.

EDIT: there is a new message on steam confirming what is already known:

"Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users:

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.

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.

We don’t have evidence of credit card misuse at this time. Nonetheless you should watch your credit card activity and statements closely.

While we only know of a few forum accounts that have been compromised, all forum users will be required to change their passwords the next time they login. If you have used your Steam forum password on other accounts you should change those passwords as well.

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.

Gabe."

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November 10, 2011 7:34:31 PM

why would they want to publicize the fact that their security got breached?

yes smart people will figure it out, but average joe user that only knows how to pay money for his games will just wait for the service to come back up.
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November 10, 2011 7:42:31 PM

Its only the forums that are down not the game site.

Meant to ask why is there not story on Tomshardware.com
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November 10, 2011 10:27:10 PM

Added message from Gabe on steam forums to the first post.
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