Valve’s Gabe Newell issued a statement on the digital distribution giant’s news portal regarding the hacker intrusion of its systems last year. Newell, the CEO of the gaming company, stated that amongst other harmless data the intruders may have stolen logs that contain credit card numbers and other such things – encrypted mind – and data of all the transactions done between 2004-2008. He further advises everyone to monitor their credit card statements carefully and change the Steam passwords.
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. This backup file contained user names, email addresses, encrypted billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. It did not include Steam passwords.
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.
Steam Guard is the secondary authentication token provided directly to your registered email ID when you sign it to Steam from a new computer. This is like Google’s authentication and provides a code that you have to enter after typing in your username and password. This is to ensure that unauthorized access to your Steam account is not easy.
As always, we ask our readers to remain vigilant against these threats as well as phishing scams and other things that have been talked about recently on Techie Buzz.