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Steam's Database Hacked, Info Possibly Stolen

Valve Software's Gabe Newell sent out a message to all Steam users around an hour ago warning about a hack into the database and the possible theft of personal information. Here's the entire message:

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.

  • Khimera2000
    Didnt we already go through this with Sony?
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  • AbdullahG
    Son of a gun...
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  • maigo
    Damn you EA!!!
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  • Didnt we already go through this with Sony?
    yea but it was more like, SURPRISE WE GOT HACKED LOL!
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  • ben850
    Khimera2000Didnt we already go through this with Sony?
    Unlike Sony, Steam's data is encrypted with AES256. These hackers actually have a better chance at getting laid than to crack the data they stole.
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  • unksol
    Khimera2000Didnt we already go through this with Sony?
    Um... no... the got your email, and game purchase history. And billing address. Passwords and credit cards are encrypted. So... they got a whole lot of nothing.... hardly sony
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  • thesnappyfingers
    hmm, I have not received an email, but I'm not part of the forum.
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  • unksol
    Now if origin had gotten hacked I am sure your credit card and account would be up for sale.
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  • ben850
    thesnappyfingershmm, I have not received an email, but I'm not part of the forum.
    I got my message when starting Steam today.
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  • AbdullahG
    unksolNow if origin had gotten hacked I am sure your credit card and account would be up for sale.EA already does that job with Origin...
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