Steam Hacked, Possible Credit Card Issues
According to Valve in a letter from Gabe Newell himself, the Steam Forums were “defaced” on late Sunday evening. While the intrusions were initially believed to be contained to just the forums, an internal investigation proved that the break in went beyond the forums alone.
The intruders gained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database included information such as user names, passwords, purchase histories, and addresses. Worst of all, encrypted credit card information is also among the list of possibly stolen data, but there’s no evidence to support that any was actually taken.
Newell was quick to point out that they were still investigating, and that there is “no evidence of credit card misuse at this time.”
Additionally, we were notified that all forum users are required to change their Steam forum passwords upon next login. This, of course, does not apply to all Steam users, as Steam accounts and forum accounts are separate.
However, Valve mentions that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to change that either, especially if your forum and account info are identical.
Now, I have to applaud Gabe and his team at Valve. Not only was a press release sent out in a timely fashion, the letter was addressed personally from Newell himself. It goes a long way to show that the company actually has a little heart.
I’ll still be using Steam in the future, even if I do end up having to spend hours dealing with the fraud department of my bank.