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Gabe Newell, founder and CEO of Valve Software, has announced that the online digital store, game library and multiplayer network has experienced a security breach and data loss. The announcement, released today (Thursday), began with the news that the Steam forums had been “defaced” in an attack on Sunday, and went on:

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.

Once the jitters have subsided, this doesn’t look on face value as bad as it might. The greatest danger is probably to those who used the same password for their Steam and Steam forums accounts, or – worse – have been using the same password for multiple accounts, including their email. This is particularly dangerous as, along with probably providing a means to obtain passwords for every other online service connected to that address, it invalidates the Steam Guard protection, introduced in March, which requires verification by email whenever a user’s Steam account is accessed from a new computer.

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Don't believe there's been any word on who did it yet. I don't really know why Anonymous would hack Steam because most people are fans of Valve, Valve's business practices, etc. They don't have nearly the split base that Sony has.

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I use Paypal when buying on Steam so I should be ok? Can't remember if I ever joined the forums and what my password would be if I had.

Bring on the freebies as their means of an apology. :shifty:

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