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STEAM - VALVE database hacked

I got a in-browser message from Steam the other day that they have been hacked. This was a mass compromise of personal data on all of their customers.

It's funny(not) that when I bought MW3 2 days ago - well after the hack occurred - they didn't inform me that they had been hacked on Nov 6th. They went ahead and let me buy on-line thinking it was secure. They could have directed me to retail for safety - but i suppose that would be bad for their revenues.

Amazing - now I have to cancel my credit card - and not trust any steam/valve emails moving forward. See the link for details:

I would not be surprised if Steam/Valve get sued by class action for negligence.

Be careful with Steam...
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  1. This is why I always check my order profiles and make sure they don't store my CC info. Most order sites will have a "remember my info" checkbox which is usually automatically checked. Uncheck them before making the purchase. If it doesn't have that option, check your profile after making the order. Most times you will find a place where it lets you delete your CC info and sometimes more, like billing address or such.
  2. Only the steam forums got hacked.

    The warning was mainly aimed at people who stupidly used the same username and password for the forums as they did for the main steam account.
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    joedastudd said:
    Only the steam forums got hacked.

    The warning was mainly aimed at people who stupidly used the same username and password for the forums as they did for the main steam account.

    More than the forums got hacked. didn't you read the message from valve?

    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.

  4. Well, this is why I'm staying away from Steam for now. Thankfully, the CC I had on file has long expired.

    but their message being late has nothing to do with you buying stuff after the hacking. If information was copied and cracked then you have nothing to lose if you've used their website after that. It's not like they were hacked continuously up until they issued that message.

    All they are trying to tell people is to watch their CC bills for fraudulent activities and to change their passwords for safety measures. That's all there is to it.

    if you want to overreact and cancel your CC that's your choice.
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