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Valve: Steam Hackers Obtained Credit Card Data

By Pete Haas 2012-02-10 12:49:39 discussion comments
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Today Valve Software head Gabe Newell gave an update on the cyber-attack on Steam last year. At the time, Valve believed that the hackers hadn't obtained any credit card information from users. However, now Newell says that it's likely that they did.

"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," said Newell. "This backup file contained user names, email addresses, encrypted billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. It did not include Steam passwords."

He added that there was no evidence that the encryption on the billing addresses or credit card data had been compromises. Still, it's best to monitor your credit card statements and activity. It's something you ought to do anyway but it's the best way to be sure that you're not being ripped off.

There are some other preventive measures you can take as well. Since last March, Steam has offered Steam Guard, a feature that allows users to lock their account so that only one specific PC can log into it and change settings. Changing your Steam password isn't a bad idea, either. If you used that same password elsewhere (for, say, your e-mail) then you should change that 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."
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