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Steam Forums Hacked?

The Steam Users' Forums currently offer the following message: "The Steam Forums are temporarily offline for maintenance. Your patience is appreciated." This may be just normal maintenance, but we have also seen an image suggesting they were compromised in some manner, and for a while were directing users to a site offering ways to cheat at games, so this may be what Valve is in the process of cleaning up. We'll pass on posting the screenshot to avoid advertising the site, and are waiting to see if Valve has a response to our questions about this (it's still early on the west coast). Thanks Joao.

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31. Re: Steam Forums Hacked? Nov 7, 2011, 18:42 Spaced
Creston wrote on Nov 7, 2011, 18:23:
Yeah, seeing how I've got like 5 grand worth of games on Steam, I'd like to get a fob too.

You have 5K worth of games bound to Steam? Wow, you better hope that this 'test the waters' hack is where it stops because with Steam being the biggest DRM system target on the planet, odds are this kind of thing is just going to get worse and build, getting bigger and bolder with more effective probes and attacks. It's just a matter of time before Steam itself has to be 'shut down for maintenance' when a breech occurs and there's no telling how long you will be denied access to the games you paid for and/or the extent of your personal payment information getting scalped.

This is exactly why I don't want some global net nanny to be the gatekeeper for PC gaming. PC developers should start unbinding their games from forced dependency on Steam now (making it just an option) so their customers can still enjoy the games they pay for regardless of whether Steam works or doesn't. Or at least make their games Steam independent from here on out.

The length of downtime their forums have been offline is not an encouraging sign for their ability to implement protections against such hacks and protect their systems.
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