As Bethesda Software was preparing to release Skyrim, the latest installment of its mega popular Elder Scrolls series, news that the forum of Steam, the online platform/distribution network of Valve Corporation, have been defaced and possibly breached. The users were alerted to the fact that something was amiss with the appearance of a promoted discussion thread within which a site offering cracks for games was being promoted. Suspicions that the breach went beyond common defacement begun to pop up as users began sharing on the forum that they were receiving spam emails promoting the very same site.
The company took down their own game servers to try to resolve the issues causing for a lot of unhappy premature users. By the time of the actual release day of Skyrim the game was back online to users with access to the platform. They are unsure if encrypted credit card information was taken or not but they are sure that usernames and passwords were taken. They advise that users change passwords and possibly usernames and also check credit card statements very closely in case the hackers did in fact steal credit card information.
Co-founder Gabe Newell released a statement ”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,” he wrote. “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.”