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Steam hit by hackers. Are all their 35 million user accounts breached?

November 14th, 2011 by Agent Smith (0) Data Theft & Loss,Identity Theft,security breach

Almost two weeks ago, we revealed the major changes that had happened this year in the major data breaches top of all times. 2011 was leading in what the number of high profile of breaches is concerned. The top might change once more, ensuring an even stronger position for the current year as hackers hit Steam, a gaming giant that is home to 35 million user accounts.

What we know so far is that the Steam customer data base has been indeed accessed by hackers.

“We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums,”  said Gabe Newell, co-founder and managing director of Steam parent company Valve. “This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information.”

While the most sensitive account information was encrypted and there is no evidence that the hackers stole any of the details in the database or that they attempted to misuse any credit cards, Valve advises users to keep a close eye on credit card activity for the time being.

“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,” Newell’s statement explains. “However, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to change that as well.”

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed and hope only a few forum accounts have been compromised and the 35 million records are safe.

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