Valve Gives an Update on November Hack

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  1. Wizerzak
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    Valve head honcho Gabe Newell sent out a message to all Steam users to give an update on the Steam forum hacks that it first revealed in November. It's not great news: Newell says that the hackers most likely got hold of an encrypted backup file containing names, email addressses, billing addresses, and credit card numbers from 2004 to 2008. That sounds bad, alright, but there's some reassurance: because the information was encrypted, the hackers may never be able to access it at all. Also, Steam passwords were not compromised.
    Newell encourages Steam users to keep a close eye on credit card statements and to keep Steam Guard enabled -- generally good advice regardless of whether you've heard about a hack lately. Also, how about we all take a momement today to change some passwords on our sensitive accounts, just to be safe? Read Newell's full message below.



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    At least their keeping us informed :unsure: Personally I chose to not keep info stored on Steam and use Steam Guard.
     
  2. Joe88

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    so only credit card data for those 4 years were taken (2004-2008) ?
     
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  3. Zetta_x

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    Credit cards expire too =P
     
  4. Rydian

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    Considering it was pointed out that a backup was taken, then likely.

    inb4 anybody "Why would credit card data be in a backup?" - Same reason as most of the data, legalities. Data retention plans and all that are srs businezenzn.
     
  5. TehSkull

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    I don't think I even had a Steam account in 2008.
     
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    I had a account since ages ago when they actually used emails to log in lol. And yes i still have to use email to log in lol.
     
  7. Gahars

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    It's nice to see Valve learn from the mistakes of others (*cough*Sony*cough*), being as open and honest as possible with their customers.