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Turns out last week's rumored hacking of the Steam servers was not only true, but worse than originally thought. Today, Valve's Gabe Newell has announced the full details, confirming that the intrusion went further than just the forums, as was originally reported. Newell has revealed that the intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums, giving them access to information including "user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information," they they currently don't have any evidence that the information was cracked.
Thankfully, Valve had taken more steps towards protecting its users than other companies that were the victims of hacking last year, meaning that most of the important information was heavily encrypted, and may not have been taken at all. Because of this, they're fairly confident that no passwords were actually compromised, and aren't planning on forcing Steam users to reset their passwords (though Gabe comments that it wouldn't be a bad idea, especially if it was shared between the forums).
We've posted Gabe's full comment below for anyone interested, and we're hoping this isn't the start of another wave of hackings. Seriously, that was so, totally, completely not cool. Not cool at all.
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.
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