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Steam Breach Follow-up

Valve has issued an update from Gabe Newell with more on the breach of the Steam service late last year. Apparently more information was compromised than was originally believed:

Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users

We continue our investigation of last year's intrusion with the help of outside security experts. In my last note about this, I described how intruders had accessed our Steam database but we found no evidence that the intruders took information from that database. That is still the case.

Recently we learned that it is probable that the intruders obtained a copy of a backup file with information about Steam transactions between 2004 and 2008. This backup file contained user names, email addresses, encrypted billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. It did not include Steam passwords.

We do not have any evidence that the encrypted credit card numbers or billing addresses have been compromised. However as I said in November it's a good idea to watch your credit card activity and statements. And of course keeping Steam Guard on is a good idea as well.

We are still investigating and working with law enforcement authorities. Some state laws require a more formal notice of this incident so some of you will get that notice, but we wanted to update everyone with this new information now.

Gabe

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43. Re: Steam Breach Follow-up Feb 11, 2012, 19:21 zirik
 
avianflu wrote on Feb 11, 2012, 12:55:
Why is no one bringing up the infamous breach at Valve were Gabe's office desktop was hacked with a worm that Gabe himself inadvertently installed and left running for months? Thereby causing the theft of HL2 before release. Not a good precedent for Valve.

thats what i was thinking earlier when i thought hl2 came out in 2005. the source code theft forced valve to delay the release to late nov 2004. i got my copy through a graphics card bundle but the steam card wasnt mailed to me until jan 2005.
 
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