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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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36. Re: Steam Forums Hacked? Nov 7, 2011, 21:20 Total-Khaos
MxxCon wrote on Nov 7, 2011, 17:26:
Yes, there are a lot of hacks for vB, but that doesn't mean they are unpatched. If you are running the latest version of vB, you are as secure, if not more, than running your own custom software. Plus if anything, I'd expect Valve to be competent about running their service, and this hack wasn't just a simple 'exec()?' exploit.

Why are there more hacks, exploits, and viruses for a Windows-based operating system than there are for a Unix-based operating system? Because a lot more people use a Windows-based operating system. The same principle applies here. Using one of the most popular third-party bulletin board systems essentially paints a big target on your back I'm afraid. At least if you wrote your own forum software, you can write it with security in mind -- ensuring SQL injection isn't going to be possible for example. Granted, someone could have stumbled upon admin credentials here for all we know.

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