Personal explanation and apology from Gabe:
10 November 2011
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.
And who wants to play who handled their hacking situation better?
Well at least the whole system didn't go down, that would have been tragic at Skyrim release.
I doubt we'll be getting free games. And c'mon man that's just greedy, with Steam sales going on every day almost, they are giving most games away for practically free anyway.
Valve had a lot less to handle than Sony as Sony's system became completely unusable. But Valve still came out ASAP to address it and Sony gave us that "we had to be sure" stuff, making us go "err wtf, you clueless bastards". Valve seems more knowledgeable and gives more confidence in their release.
Again, lessons to be learnt though. Many would consider Valve to be top devs and they are very conscious about security, and yet, they still got hacked.
Nothing is safe in the cyber world.
Just joking around
This hack apparently happened on Sunday so it's about the same time frame as Sony.
Yeah but with steam they can't get into your account without access to your e-mail as well. I don't use the same password as my e-mail so i'm all good. Steam Guard FTW.
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