Steam forum accounts hacked, some information taken
11/10/2011 4:33:00 PM
Well, it looks like the hacking has finally hit Valve and Steam. Originally thought to just be a forum hack, Valve has found that it goes much deeper.
The hackers were able to pick up user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, emails, billing addresses, and encrypted credit card information. Now, they don't think the credit card numbers nor the passwords were cracked, but they are looking into it and asked you keep your eye on your credit card charges.
Those that have forum accounts will need to change their passwords, but it looks like Steam itself is safe so far so you won't have to change your password unless you use the same password for the forum as you do your Steam account.
Let's hope the credit card info remains safe, but if you are worried, then cancelling and changing to a new credit card might be a good idea.
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.