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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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45. Re: Steam Forums Hacked? Nov 8, 2011, 04:34 Dev
saluk wrote on Nov 8, 2011, 02:42:
Eh, this individual one doesn't really bother me, but it sure is annoying seeing these "your account may have been hacked" notices SO OFTEN lately. Steam, EA, Sony, it's getting fricken stupid. I'm not sure if it's that crackers have just gotten smart enough, or if all these big companies just got really lax about security, but I'm tired of it and I want it to stop. Before I like, abandon the internet or something.

Companies (big and small) ARE really lax about security. See here's the thing. Security is something that companies DON'T think about until they get hacked (just like backing up is something people don't think about until they lose everything, like the zomboid project). And in these economic times, positions that don't appear to contribute to the bottom line are the first to go, such as... security.

Plus the bigger companies have insurance, and as long as they do the minimum security required by the insurance, if something bad happens, they will get reimbursed anyway (remember how Sony's insurance sued to try and not reimburse sony over the PS3 hack?). Sure they will get some bad press, but a lot of times that blows over and the company doesn't care too much about that part of it.

I mean how many people still remember the 50 MILLION credit card numbers stolen from that credit card processing that violated Visa/mastercard rules, and did TJ Max, Marshals, etc. They had hackers running around for a year or two inside their servers stealing credit card numbers (the CC numbers wouldn't even have been there to take if they properly followed the security rules).

At least in the USA, we now have some state notification laws about it, previously when a company got hacked and things like social security numbers got stolen, many didn't even tell about it.

This comment was edited on Nov 8, 2011, 04:41.
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