Steam has advised users to keep a close eye on their credit cards following an attack in which secure data may have been compromised.
The breach comes on the heels of a wave of attacks on Sony’s gaming systems earlier this year, and it could have serious ramifications for subscribers.
“On November 6, our Steam forums were vandalized. “We started looking into it and discovered that the intrusion extends beyond the Steam forums,” parent company Valve said in a message to users.
At this time, we have no evidence of credit card fraud. Nonetheless, you should keep a close eye on your credit card activity and statements.
“Intruders got into a Steam database that had user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses, and encrypted credit card information.” We’re still looking into it.
“At this time, we have no evidence of credit card misuse.” Nonetheless, you should closely monitor your credit card activity and statements.”
The company did not say how many of its 35 million members were affected by the breach, but it did advise forum users to change their passwords and protect other accounts.
“We only know of a few forum accounts that have been hacked, but everyone will have to change their passwords the next time they log in.” If you’ve used your Steam forum password on other accounts, you should change those as well, according to the company.