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Half-Life 2 Source Code Leak

A post to the Halflife2.net Forums by Gabe Newell finally has a comment on the leaked Half-Life 2 source code, brought to the world's attention by Gamer's With Jobs and Slashdot. Here's the deal:

Ever have one of those weeks? This has just not been the best couple of days for me or for Valve.

Yes, the source code that has been posted is the HL-2 source code.

Here is what we know:

1) Starting around 9/11 of this year, someone other than me was accessing my email account. This has been determined by looking at traffic on our email server versus my travel schedule.

2) Shortly afterwards my machine started acting weird (right-clicking on executables would crash explorer). I was unable to find a virus or trojan on my machine, I reformatted my hard drive, and reinstalled.

3) For the next week, there appears to have been suspicious activity on my webmail account.

4) Around 9/19 someone made a copy of the HL-2 source tree.

5) At some point, keystroke recorders got installed on several machines at Valve. Our speculation is that these were done via a buffer overflow in Outlook's preview pane. This recorder is apparently a customized version of RemoteAnywhere created to infect Valve (at least it hasn't been seen anywhere else, and isn't detected by normal virus scanning tools).

6) Periodically for the last year we've been the subject of a variety of denial of service attacks targetted at our webservers and at Steam. We don't know if these are related or independent.

Well, this sucks.

What I'd appreciate is the assistance of the community in tracking this down. I have a special email address for people to send information to, helpvalve@valvesoftware.com. If you have information about the denial of service attacks or the infiltration of our network, please send the details. There are some pretty obvious places to start with the posts and records in IRC, so if you can point us in the right direction, that would be great.

We at Valve have always thought of ourselves as being part of a community, and I can't imagine a better group of people to help us take care of these problems than this community.

Gabe

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  94. Oct 2, 20:00  Re: hmmm HBringer
  107. Oct 2, 20:18   Re: hmmm HIGH_PING
  114. Oct 2, 20:32    Re: hmmm HBringer
  127. Oct 2, 21:14   Re: hmmm Bronco
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  313. Oct 7, 04:26    oh Bull Zephalephelah
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  315. Oct 7, 07:27      Gray Davis TangledThorns
  316. Oct 7, 08:14     Re: oh Bull DrEvil
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  123. Oct 2, 20:55      Re: No! smap
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  158. Oct 2, 23:24  Re: Couple of things this tells me indiv
  159. Oct 2, 23:33   Re: Couple of things this tells me Creston
  165. Oct 3, 00:15    Re: Couple of things this tells me indiv
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  191. Oct 3, 06:54   Re: Appoligies if this is posted Hump
  195. Oct 3, 07:31    Re: Appoligies if this is posted TangledThorns
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  205. Oct 3, 09:19 You reap what you sow. B M
  206. Oct 3, 09:35  Re: You reap what you sow. Zephalephelah
  208. Oct 3, 09:50   Re: You reap what you sow. fraggleroc
  209. Oct 3, 10:02    Re: You reap what you sow. nin
  211. Oct 3, 10:14   Re: You reap what you sow. Baudkarma
  214. Oct 3, 10:30    Re: What the hell? BicycleRepairMan
  215. Oct 3, 10:33     Re: What the hell? Panick
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  222. Oct 3, 11:47       Re: round up the usual suspects -=gs=-
  207. Oct 3, 09:41  Re: You reap what you sow. islander
  210. Oct 3, 10:14 the future.. -=gs=-
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  219. Oct 3, 11:13  Re: Bad news Radman
  221. Oct 3, 11:35   Re: Bad news Armengar
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  223. Oct 3, 12:04 Half-Life 2 Source Code Leak MooMoo
  224. Oct 3, 13:19  Re: Half-Life 2 Source Code Leak nin
  225. Oct 3, 13:38   Re: Half-Life 2 Source Code Leak kanniballl
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  227. Oct 3, 14:06  Re: No subject Marksman
  228. Oct 3, 14:16   Re: No subject Deliverance
  229. Oct 3, 14:43  Re: No subject zamfear
  230. Oct 3, 14:44  Re: No subject RegularX
  231. Oct 3, 15:12   Re: No subject SpectralMeat
  233. Oct 3, 15:39    Re: No subject nin
  234. Oct 3, 16:09     Re: No subject Bronco
  235. Oct 3, 16:19      Re: No subject Pr0nestar
  236. Oct 3, 16:54      Re: No subject nin
  232. Oct 3, 15:14   No subject DedEye
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  238. Oct 3, 17:39  Re: what is this world coming to ????? Bob
  239. Oct 3, 17:55   Re: what is this world coming to ????? shul
  240. Oct 3, 18:20    Re: what is this world coming to ????? L0cky
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  245. Oct 3, 18:37     Re: what is this world coming to ????? shul
  242. Oct 3, 18:28    Re: what is this world coming to ????? SimonG
  283. Oct 4, 15:45    Re: what is this world coming to ????? Creston
  284. Oct 4, 18:35     Isolate that rouge computer Zephalephelah
  288. Oct 5, 03:04     Re: what is this world coming to ????? shul
  289. Oct 5, 04:50      Re: what is this world coming to ????? Snag
  290. Oct 5, 06:55       Re: what is this world coming to ????? shul
  291. Oct 5, 13:43        Re: what is this world coming to ????? Phyrebird
  244. Oct 3, 18:30  Re: what is this world coming to ????? Luka
  246. Oct 3, 18:53   Re: what is this world coming to ????? shul
  249. Oct 3, 20:24    Re: what is this world coming to ????? Luka
  250. Oct 3, 20:53     i'm so sick of... fraggleroc
  252. Oct 3, 21:22      Re: fraggleroc Zephalephelah
  253. Oct 3, 21:27       Re: fraggleroc human
  254. Oct 3, 21:38        Re: fraggleroc Zephalephelah
  256. Oct 3, 22:05         Re: fraggleroc Fleer
  259. Oct 3, 22:50         Re: fraggleroc Quaternion
  260. Oct 3, 23:11          Re: Shadow Zephalephelah
  261. Oct 3, 23:29           Re: Shadow Fleer
  262. Oct 4, 00:05            Re: Shadow DOMINIC
>> 263. Oct 4, 03:13           Re: Shadow Fungu
  265. Oct 4, 03:58            Re: Fungu Zephalephelah
  266. Oct 4, 04:33             zeph human
  268. Oct 4, 04:51              Re: human Zephalephelah
  269. Oct 4, 05:05               Re: human Undead Scottsman
  271. Oct 4, 05:21                Re: human Waachi
  275. Oct 4, 09:28                 Re: human Pr0nestar
  270. Oct 4, 05:21               Re: human DrEvil
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  264. Oct 4, 03:51           Re: Shadow Von Helmet
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  297. Oct 5, 17:27            What is truly funny PsycSui
  298. Oct 5, 17:33            Valve is at fault InfusionOfFear
  299. Oct 5, 21:08             Re: Valve is at fault Maskirovka
  300. Oct 5, 22:12              Re: Valve is at fault InfusionOfFear
  301. Oct 5, 22:34               Re: Valve is at fault Deliverance
  255. Oct 3, 21:40        Re: fraggleroc Stolk
  258. Oct 3, 22:41      Re: i'm so sick of... mbmonk
  267. Oct 4, 04:43     Re: what is this world coming to ????? shul
  243. Oct 3, 18:29 Losers! Quaternion
  247. Oct 3, 19:40 No subject Alastor
  251. Oct 3, 21:21 No subject Nonicknameforme
  257. Oct 3, 22:21 I sink he haz issuez Nexus
  273. Oct 4, 09:05 As much as I hate to say this... Nexus
  279. Oct 4, 11:50  Re: As much as I hate to say this... Snag
  274. Oct 4, 09:13 No subject BlouZb33
  276. Oct 4, 11:40 Uhm....yeah Snag
  280. Oct 4, 14:27 Microsoft Xtro
  281. Oct 4, 14:42  Re: Microsoft Ralphus
  282. Oct 4, 15:01   STEAM MindTrigger
  292. Oct 5, 14:17 No subject [VG]Reagle
  295. Oct 5, 15:52  Re: No subject Wilf
  302. Oct 6, 05:21  Re: No subject Armengar
  293. Oct 5, 14:21 Corporate espionage perhaps?  famished 
  294. Oct 5, 15:23  Re: Corporate espionage perhaps? Gandhi
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  304. Oct 6, 06:20  lol WindWalker
  305. Oct 6, 10:50  Re: Its all Valves fault. William Brewster
  306. Oct 6, 10:55   Re: Its all Valves fault. nin
  307. Oct 6, 16:40 i(Half)Life Fpoon
  308. Oct 6, 22:16  Re: i(Half)Life hebrew_national
  309. Oct 7, 00:22 No subject Icewind
  310. Oct 7, 04:03  Re: No subject Bob
  311. Oct 7, 04:09  Re: I would like to know how Zephalephelah
  318. Oct 7, 09:06 Delayed... Death Wombat
  319. Oct 7, 10:24  Re: Delayed... swebarb
  321. Oct 7, 13:27   Re: Delayed... BlightCrawler
  322. Oct 7, 17:45 valve should stop jacking with us bartonfink
  325. Oct 9, 01:54 Here it is plain and simple Communist
  326. Oct 9, 14:10 Re: oh Bull Plissken
  327. Oct 9, 19:51  Re: oh Bull DrEvil
  328. Oct 9, 20:11   Re: oh Bull Plissken
  329. Oct 9, 21:42    Re: oh Bull hebrew_national


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