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[ISN] Hackers probably stole Steam transaction data, Valve says
By Lucian Constantin
IDG News Service
February 13, 2012
Valve has informed users of its Steam online game distribution platform
that hackers have probably downloaded encrypted credit card transaction
data from a backup database during an intrusion last year.
In November 2011, Valve announced that hackers gained unauthorized
access to Steam's user database, but said that there was no evidence to
suggest a leak of encrypted credit card details at that time.
However, that has since changed. "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," said Gabe
Newell, Valve's co-founder and managing director, in an email sent
Friday to Steam users.
According to Newell, the backup file contained Steam user names, email
addresses, encrypted credit card details and encrypted billing
addresses, but no account passwords.
Valve doesn't have reasons to believe that the sensitive transaction
data was decrypted, Newell said. However, this possibility should not be
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