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November 12, 2011
4:09 AM
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October 21, 2009

Hello, apologies if this is not the correct forum to be posting in, but I thought it may affect some fellow DotTechies. particularly those who may have a Steam account but not used it in a while – AFAIK the only way you’d find out about it is via the Steam client as I haven’t received an email.


Just had a message pop up via the Steam client (started playing DC Universe for free Cool ) that some important personal details may or may not have (!) been compromised… I’ll just quote the message and leave it up to those more qualified than I to comment on the implications!

Message from Gabe to Steam Community

Yesterday, on November 10, 2011, the following message was sent to all users via a Steam message.
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.


I for one will be changing all my passwords anyway I think! Wink
November 12, 2011
12:37 PM
Mr. Boss
Forum Posts: 1800
Member Since:
October 22, 2008

I heard about this. Thanks for letting us all know!

November 12, 2011
5:51 PM
Forum Posts: 197
Member Since:
August 20, 2009

One of the tips I came across was to make sure Steam Guard was enabled under Settings – this way a new login on a foreign pc would require a code, which is sent to your email (2nd layer of security). This is a very good feature I think.

How do you like DC Universe? I'm thinking of downloading it.

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