• Register now and lose your account!Three days ago Valve's forums vanished off the internet while reports that STEAM had been hacked began to fly. By the beginning of November 8th users on valves hlds mailing list were already questioning why no official notice from Valve had been given. At first many shrugged it off as trolling but as time passed an reports piled in it became apparent that STEAM was hacked.

    Today valve has officially declared that their forums were hacked but has not declared any knowledge of hacked accounts. This is despite early reports on the mailing list detailing high profile TF2 accounts which suddenly found themselves hatless. If that was not enough come high profile accounts were and possibly still are being used to take money from people by exploiting the good credit these accounts had for trades ect. Some users such as reaper0268 have made public threads to try to warn people that his account was hijacked.

    So while Valve's message below may be the first many of you have heard of this, it is very possible that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

    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.

    So there you have it. It would be recommended that users change their passwords just to be safe so that hopefully you are not hacked next. Please leave your comments on the next page.
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