Breaking: Steam Is Hacked

Valve CEO Gabe Newel revealed that Steam has been hacked and that - some of - its users' data has been compromised.

Unlike Sony, however, Valve seems to have taken the correct measures to protect its customers' sensitive data and is communicating the problem promptly and clearly. According to Gabe, all stored passwords were salted and hashed (which is the industry's best practice) and all credit card numbers and personally identifying info were encrypted.

The unedited statement made by Gabe Newel reads as follows:

"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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Gabe Newel finally gobbles teh w0rldZ!! Headline news - Steam dies from lung cancer. 900000 games lost. Billions of lives burnt and roasted. Accounts all read Sponge Bob. Swiss bank is out of moneys oh and Swiss bank stolen.

Bloody hell

Come on people, ease up on the language eh. Young kids use this site too. Better yet, Megagames, Why aren't you stepping in and deleting these disgusting posts?

First of all

Megagames stop being a ****. If it's OK for this **** to insult me, but me not him, then what the ***** up with that. And second, my first statement was simply pointing out that yes, the internet is a consequence free place, well mostly, where you can express yourself freely, but a lot of dumbasses like yourself make it a worse place to be by fouling it. Have A little respect for the younger generation that read this ****. I'm sure if you had kids you wouldn't want them picking up new swearwords form some idiot on the net. Yeah your a big boy making pointless threats to someone over the net; Pathetic. And third, you can go **** yourself. Is that more to ya liking. (CAPTCHA) "Face to face"... If only...

stop bieng a girl , bring it *****

firstly go **** yourself and stop blaming others for being such a loser , secondly who in their right mind wants kids all they do is cause trouble the little bastards , and as for me being a dumbass all i say is dont look in the mirror you ***** if you dont like peoples coments dont come on this site you freak , kids in the uk swear as young as 5 , they drink and smoke as young as 8 , so whats new for them on here ? nothing and as for trying to get smart with me saying in short i hide behind a screen ? say where and where and we' ll sort it face to face you little **** and last of all go **** yourself you ********** is that to your liking , anytime and where kid

man you sound like a jack ***

dude you should read what you write before you post. You sound like a total jack *** ****** that hates the world. Just something to think about before you spend more time defending your pride with curses and insults. and don't worry I wont be reading your reply but go and type your mean hateful post to tell me what a horrible person i am and all that nonsense you tend to say.

man you sound like a jack ***

dude you should read what you write before you post. You sound like a total jack *** ****** that hates the world. Just something to think about before you spend more time defending your pride with curses and insults. and don't worry I wont be reading your reply but go and type your mean hateful post to tell me what a horrible person i am and all that nonsense you tend to say.


Yeah shame we're not in the same country ah. I'm 27 if you must know, **** head. And I have enough martial background to take you, 15yrs. And to top it off I'm one of the best out of a hundred students, and I teach it. BELIEVE IT!. This has gone so far of topic it's just about one upping each other now, so tell ya what, I'm ending it. I'm gonna prove I'm the bigger, more mature, and grown up person and leave it at this. Good bye.

oh yeah mr big mouth !

i have 20 year in ju jitsu i could kick the **** out of ya *** and i am a sensai in my own dojo , so i doubt you could take me on little man , you took it off the topic and so you go brought down pegs ,so you can run away and say your the bigger girl , but i ll still own you no matter what you little ***** , run and run fast , be seeing you real soon fuckface


Dude listen to yourself. You talk like your in 3ed grade man. lol its like my dads bigger than your dad. whoever ends up reading your posts is going to get a big laugh at how full of **** you are. Usually you can hear it in someones voice but you give it away so obviously. Funny its like you made it up as you typed. I tell ya getting all emotional at the keyboard can definitely show in your typing.

crackers not

i think it kind of funny when people says all crackers should die or go to jail but try to think about it.
if it wasn't for crackers then we wouldnt have any security at all because it wasn't needed

but yeah i find it kind of sad that there need to **** others people life up and spoil it for others
i like steam even if it can be pain it the *** at times

and for people there wonder why i use the word crackers and not Hackers should go read about it here first
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I feel it's quite sad that people fight over grammar, even more sadder is that Hackers are always ruining the gaming industries. Steam is a great service provider with discounts and countless other fun factors too it. On the upside this will teach the gaming industry to keep their secrets under a tight leash.

-Steam Supporter

Don't use steam but I'm not

Don't use steam but I'm not really against it either. About the hackers, it's a difficult situation since you can blame them all you want, but to me the real problem is the company who got hacked not having good enough security on their servers. Would be nice to see a news that read "We had an intrusion yesterday but we kicked the **** out of the dumb ******* before he got any info from us". I mean it's like complaining to the thief for stealing your stuff... or blaming the police for failing to protect it on the first place... it's kind of a gray line, they are both to blame I think. Sorry for my lack of grammar, we don't speak english where I live ;)


It's the woman who gets raped's fault because she dressed slutty. Don't blame the one who raped her. She should of installed spikes in there to prevent it.

He didn't say that.

He didn't say that. Essentially, he'd blame both the woman for setting herself up for it by dressing as she did (valve's lack of security, or rather leading technology security) and the rapist for comitting the act (the intruder.) He has a great point honestly. I'm not saying Valve is in this boat or not mind you, but if you set yourself up for failure, and failure occurs, you are just as much to blame.

Another reason not to like

Another reason not to like Steam.

This may not be Steam's fault, but it gives me another reason not to like having to activate my games online and having to ask permission from this site to play my games when the hell I feel like it.

Salted + Hashed

The passwords have been salted and then MD5 hashed. It means if they want to find out the actual password they have to brute force it, which the salt is different for each user, so each user requires it's own brute force. If your password is all lower case letters than that would be the easiest to brute force. If it contains at least one upper case letter, a number, a symbol, or a punctuation then it increases the time to brute force even more. Have a combination of them and good luck to the brute forcer. It is also worth noting that they may have not stolen the salt as it may be stored elsewhere, which means the brute forcing method is near impossible to get just a single user's password.

hacking bastards , get a life

i hope these losers get the **** kicked out of them and locked away for life , hackers really do sux and need to a get a life the filthy chriminal poorpers, please get a job and stop ruining the game industry and other industrys, most people are honest and hardworking , death to hackers , bring back the death penalty to the uk


So that's why Steam has been acting dodgy. Probably a hack attempt by "Anonymous". Of topic; but I like what you're "Captcha" says sometimes, instead of just some weird impossible to read word.

"us"..? Way to go, thinking

"us"..? Way to go, thinking you are part of some kind of movement, when in fact you're just sitting on your fat ***, having your mom & dad pay for your dinners day in and day out... They just called us to tell you to go get a job.

Really dude?

If you notice, over 99% of the posts on here are by people who don't sign in, or have an account, or a name on MG so the default user name is "Anonymous".

Did you notice your username, Anonymous?

Shame it had to be spelled out for you like that.

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