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Steam Security Follow-up

1UP.com has a follow-up from Valve about reports that the Steam servers may have been compromised (story). Word from Doug Lombardi is that while information may have been retrieved from a third-party site, Steam is still safely contained in their steampipes:

Doug Lombardi, director of marketing at Valve, says, "There has been no security breach of Steam." However, he does confirm our expert's findings by adding, "The alleged hacker gained access to a third-party site that Valve uses to manage the commercial partners in its Cyber Café program. This Cyber Café billing system is not connected to Steam. We are working with law enforcement agencies on this matter, and encourage anyone with more information to e-mail us at Catch_A_Thief@valvesoftware.com."

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47. Re: GREAT NEWS that valve got pwned Apr 23, 2007, 11:28 Tango
 
Yes, seriously enough to spend a lot of money on video games from a company that can terminate its customers' ability to play those games for any reason including because it doesn't like their verbiage.
For all your willingness to point the 'sky is falling' stick at other people, you seem to conveniently overlook the commercial suicide such a move would inevitably entail. Valve (I imagine) have big plans for Steam, plans which would be doomed if they make a wrong move so early in the lifecycle of digital distribution. Given the enormous benefits Valve stand to gain by their platform being the most popular (NB I'm not saying the best) I'm not overly worried about the (admitted) possibility that they could turn off the taps at some point, whatever their EULA says.
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