Recently, Valve’s massive electronic video game distribution system Steam came under attack. At first, Valve believed that the attack was only on their forums, but upon further review they are singing a different tune. Turns out the hackers dug a little deeper, and compromised customers private information. The hackers got access to user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information.
At this point, Valve seems confident that the encrypted credit card information has not been decrypted, but they recommend users to keep a close eye on their credit card statements to make sure there are no unauthorized charges. They said the malicious individuals obtained access to their databases, but they aren’t even certain they pulled any data, but it is possible and they are still investigating.
This marks the latest in a line of attacks on digital video game distributions. The most well known of which was Sony, who infamously had to shut down PlayStation Network for a long time. It certainly makes me wonder about the future of digital distribution of video games and how safe it truly is.
At this point, it seems all users can do it keep an eye on their statements as removing your information from Steam won’t help with this attack. I’m confident that Valve will improve their security after this event, as they have always been a customer oriented company.