02 Valve says Steam users should watch out for fraudulent CC activity

A statement has just been issued out to all Steam users by Valve president, Gabe Newell which gives an update to last year's event of intrusion where the Steam forums had been hacked and a backup file had likely been obtained which held sensitive Steam purchase information from 2004 through 2008.

A statement has just been issued out to all Steam users by Valve president, Gabe Newell which gives an update to last year's event of intrusion where the Steam forums had been hacked and a backup file had likely been obtained which held sensitive Steam purchase information from 2004 through 2008.

When Valve admitted to the the hacking attempt in November of last year it did acknowledge that some user data including encrypted credit card information and hashed passwords had been stolen. While Valve said it did not find any evidence that the encrypted data had been hacked, advice was given that all users should still change their Steam passwords.

Gabe's most recent announcement goes into a little more detail on what type of user information had been gotten a hold of.

Recently we learned that it is probable that the intruders obtained a copy of a backup file with information about Steam transactions between 2004 and 2008. Thi backup file contained user names, email addresses, encrypted billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. It did not include Steam passwords.

Gabe then went on to say that there continues to be no evidence that the encrypted credit card info or billing addresses were compromised, but irrespective of this it would be advisable as a cautionary measure to more closely watch your credit card activity and statements for a while.

Source: Valve Software