User info might have been compromised during Steam hacking

Posted on February 11, 2012 - 1:33pm by Ryan Conway

Valve head Gabe Newell has issued an update regarding  the company's investigation of the hack job committed against Steam back in November. 

Newell said that a team of security experts from outside of the company have discovered that the hackers have obtained a backup file containing information from Steam transactions occurring between 2004-2008. This info includes user names, encrypted billing/credit card info, and email addresses, although it didn't contain any Steam passwords. 

While this does sound pretty severe, Gabe reassured the Steam community that this probably isn't as bad as it appears, but he also said that users should still be cautious.

"We do not have any evidence that the encrypted credit card numbers or billing addresses have been compromised. However as I said in November it's a good idea to watch your credit card activity and statements. And of course keeping Steam Guard on is a good idea as well."

It's great to hear that Valve is on top of things and that users won't likely be robbed by random jackasses but as Gabe said, Steam users should definitely keep an eye on their info, as it's better to be safe than sorry. 

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