In association with heise online

13 February 2012, 14:30

Valve: hackers may have gained access to Steam transactions

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • submit to slashdot
  • StumbleUpon
  • submit to reddit

Zoom Steam users received this message when they signed into the service last week
Valve Software has confirmed that the unknown intruders that gained access to the database for its Steam game distribution platform in an attack late last year may have obtained a copy of a backup file of customer transactions.

In a news post, Valve co-founder and managing director Gabe Newell says that the backup file included transactions from between 2004 and 2008, adding that it contained user names and email addresses, as well as encrypted billing addresses and credit card information. However, this data did not include Steam account passwords, which were reportedly not accessed.

Newell goes on to note that Valve has no evidence that the credit card numbers and billing details have been compromised, but again advises users to carefully watch their credit card activity and statements as a precaution. The company is still investigating the intrusion and is working with law enforcement authorities.


Print Version | Send by email | Permalink:

  • July's Community Calendar

The H Open

The H Security

The H Developer

The H Internet Toolkit