Steam confirms hack… but also confirms total database hack!
Steam has finally released word that their forums were indeed hacked on Sunday, November 6th… They also stated that their database that contains, profile passwords, credit card numbers, email addresses, ect. have also been hacked along with the forums! Gabe from Valve had this to say about the tragedy:
“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.
To give a little enlightenment, Valve also announced that they are are working on a solution to help prevent things like this from happening again which they are calling “Steam Guard”. This service will help protect Steam accounts more efficiently. Currently, they are still tracing everything inside the hacked database to find anything that could have been either stolen and/or changed.
All I can add to this is… fuck.