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Steam Forum Downtime Follow-up; Steam Also Breached

Valve confirms indications from earlier this week that the downtime on the Steam Users' Forums was the result of a break-in, revealing that the Steam service itself also suffered an intrusion. Here is a message from Valve's Gabe Newell explaining the situation:

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.

Gabe.

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38. Re: Steam Forum Downtime Follow-up; Steam Also Breached Nov 10, 2011, 19:40 Flatline
 
HorrorScope wrote on Nov 10, 2011, 18:25:
In general: I still sit here and wonder exactly how many holes are actually in MS O/S's. To me is seems infinite. As Sony would say "How can this be?". How can top companies even afford to use MS products at all? Security and Safety first, lol. Hope and pray is more like it.

Err... you're assuming that this was a MS product to begin with.

But let's set that aside. Every large program/OS has an incredible number of bugs/conflicts that are constantly patched. Even Linux, Apple, and the other "bulletproof" offerings come full of bugs and exploits. They all get discovered and patched.

I'll post a challenge to you. Please get, say, 100 people together, and write a story, let's say 1 million sentences in length. All of you work on it simultaneously, and then deliver it with no grammar, spelling, or logic inconsistencies. You have, say, 2-3 years to come up with your story, write it, proof it, correct it, and deliver it.

I doubt you'd ever be able to eliminate all the "bugs" even if you worked on it for 10 years, and it's easier to proofread written language than code and how code interacts with itself.
 
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