Gamer data exposed after Steam website targeted by hackers

Online gaming site, Stream, is the latest victim of hackers after the database was attacked allowing access to user forum accounts and enabling them to deface a forum site.

In a statement from Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve Corp - Steam's parent company - it appears the forums were defaced on Sunday evening: "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 said.

However, Newell emphasised that there is currently no evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were stolen and credit card protection numbers appear not to have been cracked, but added that users should carefully monitor their credit card activity and statements for evidence of any unusual activity.

According to a screenshot of the forum defacement, ubiquitous hacking site, Fkn0wned, appears to be owning up to the attack while Stream users also later reported receiving email spam from it. However, the plot thickens as Fkn0wned has denied all knowledge of the breach.

Fortunatley for Steam, the hackers don't seem to have gained access to its own accounts but nonetheless, has advised that users change their passwords to help stem any criminal attempt to access data. For now, the forums have been closed down but Newell added that they should be reopening in the near future: "I am truly sorry this happened, and I apologise for the inconvenience," he added.

The company said its investigation is ongoing.

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