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Three million Dirt 3 codes stolen from AMD

Three million Dirt 3 codes stolen from AMD

AMD has confirmed that three million Dirt 3 codes intended for a GPU sales promotion have been stolen.

AMD and Codemasters have confirmed that three million Dirt 3 codes intended to be shipped with Radeon graphics cards as part of a sales promotion have been stolen.

Rather than the vouchers themselves being stolen however, a database containing the activation codes was stolen from AMD4U.com.

'These activation keys were hosted on a third party fulfillment agency website, www.AMD4u.com, and did not reside on AMD’s website,' said an AMD spokesperson, according to RPS.

'Neither the AMD nor Codemasters servers were involved.'

Codemasters, AMD and Steam are all working together to address the situation, but warn that those with valid vouchers might be in for a 'short delay'.

Check out our Dirt 3 review for more information on the game, as well as the Dirt 3 trailer below.

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kenco_uk 7th September 2011, 12:29 Quote
Bit of a setback but I hope they learn their lesson. At least the stolen data should become useless.
liratheal 7th September 2011, 12:30 Quote
Bit of a "whoopsie" there.

Though, being codes, there should be a record of them to ditch them from the activation servers as actual keys, so..
ZeDestructor 7th September 2011, 12:31 Quote
It wasn't stolen, it was just badly secured......
Glix 7th September 2011, 12:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by ZeDestructor
It wasn't stolen, it was just badly secured......

In other words stolen: to take something you do not have permission to take.
Jampotp 7th September 2011, 12:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by ZeDestructor
It wasn't stolen, it was just badly secured......

I see your point, but if I left my bike on my drive and some randomer came up and "removed" without my permission, it would be called "stealing". This is despite the fact that it may have been partially my fault that I didn't lock it up or store it in a less visible place - it's still been stolen, rather than fallen through a sinkhole that opened up in my drive or eaten by wild hyenas
LeMaltor 7th September 2011, 12:49 Quote
Try leaving your car keys in your car.
Glix 7th September 2011, 12:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by LeMaltor
Try leaving your car keys in your car.

And the doors locked, yes that is a pita.
aggies11 7th September 2011, 13:27 Quote
This isn't property theft, it's access to information. So maybe a better analogy is that you were standing at your window in the buff, and forgot to put the shades down. Is it breaking and entering if someone "steals" a peek at you? ;)

Or maybe at your garage sale, on the sidewalk outside your home, you accidentally put out your diary. So people flip through it and see all your dirty secrets. Did they violate your privacy?

IP analogies are tough, it's always hard to find a completely appropriate one ;)
GravitySmacked 7th September 2011, 13:29 Quote
Wouldn't want to use one of those codes; steam ban anyone?
Lance 7th September 2011, 13:59 Quote
I'm very glad I'd already claimed my one of these.

However I'd be happy if I was Codemasters, the game is basically a demo with loads of premium upgrades within the game.

So if 3million people start playing* and each purchase a few of the upgrades thats alot of extra money from people who otherwise would not have bought the game otherwise. I am very glad I didn't buy the game, its great but I don't like microtransactions in a non-free game.

*(i know they won't)
Phil Rhodes 7th September 2011, 14:22 Quote
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fulfillment agency

Another fantastic advertisement for farming absolutely everything out to external entities and doing nothing yourself if you can possibly help it. Brilliant. Corporate laziness forever!
Xir 7th September 2011, 14:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lance
I'm very glad I'd already claimed my one of these.
There's only 2.999.999 left AND YOU ADMIT IT? :D
Lance 7th September 2011, 14:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
There's only 2.999.999 left AND YOU ADMIT IT? :D

Lol. Check the grammar, "I'd already". Good call though if I had got one of these nicked ones I'd be in trouble now.

I feel a bit sorry for ATI in all this, as they presumably would have sent out 3m cards with the codes on them at what, 1p each? Thats still £30,000.00 down the drain.... Thats savings they can't pass on to us
Snips 7th September 2011, 15:36 Quote
If it is 3,000,000 codes then I think they will be giving Dirt 3 for free for quite a few years. Is Dirt 3 a good game anyway?

I'll happily take Batman Arkham City free with my Asus Matrix GTX580 Platinum from Overclockers £389.99 this week now as well.
Tr1p0d 7th September 2011, 17:02 Quote
I bought one off ebay for £6 on Saturday. Had no idea they were blagged. Was provided a link by a mate who'd also bought a code. Oh well, their loss, my gain.
sear 7th September 2011, 18:00 Quote
As tempting as it might sound, it's probably not a good idea to go and buy/find any of these codes. I wouldn't be surprised if Valve ended up revoking the game permissions for copies registered using them.
srgtherasta 7th September 2011, 18:28 Quote
yea, i wouldn't touch thsese codes with a big stick. I've far to many games in steam i would like to keep.
Pyshtone 7th September 2011, 18:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tr1p0d
I bought one off ebay for £6 on Saturday. Had no idea they were blagged. Was provided a link by a mate who'd also bought a code. Oh well, their loss, my gain.

Hehehe, you'll soon realize who had lost and who had really gained (not me :) ). After all those codes invalidation, try telling Steam you bought your code on ebay :)))
Tr1p0d 7th September 2011, 20:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pyshtone
Hehehe, you'll soon realize who had lost and who had really gained (not me :) ). After all those codes invalidation, try telling Steam you bought your code on ebay :)))

If it happens, it happens. It was £6, hardly breaking the bank. Plus, I've played a bit and it's not that great anyway so either way I'm not bothered (plus, slap bang in the middle of the game, you have options to buy additional races as DLC... that's just s**t tbh)
digitaldave 7th September 2011, 21:58 Quote
good job you mention overclockers, fooled me once, my bad, fooled me twice, shame on them, fooled me thrice got legal people involved and owed me money.

shame.
longweight 7th September 2011, 22:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tr1p0d
If it happens, it happens. It was £6, hardly breaking the bank. Plus, I've played a bit and it's not that great anyway so either way I'm not bothered (plus, slap bang in the middle of the game, you have options to buy additional races as DLC... that's just s**t tbh)

You know they can shut your account if they find out you have one of the stolen codes and you will lose all of your games?
Toploaded 7th September 2011, 23:00 Quote
And if you follow the amd4u.com link you are greeted with this:

http://www.resurrection-studios.net/jonm/pictures/funnys/DefendWhatsYours.JPG
Tokukachi 8th September 2011, 15:50 Quote
is Dirt 3 a better than the POS console port that was Dirt 2? I never actually got to play the game as I couldn't get my wheel working with it, but it took me 20 mins of watching pointless in game introduction video crap before i could get in a race and then finally be able to change my resolution etc...
tupera 5th October 2011, 02:11 Quote
Well, I've been waiting to play my free copy for 2+ weeks now. I don't care how many copies they have to verify, pretty soon there will be call to the Better Business Bureau!
tupera 5th October 2011, 02:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
As tempting as it might sound, it's probably not a good idea to go and buy/find any of these codes. I wouldn't be surprised if Valve ended up revoking the game permissions for copies registered using them.

I have one of these code from a graphics acrd I purchased. If you try and activate the code, AMD redirects you to another site where you have to scan your coupon and submit it. Then they will send you a new registration code. As in another post, I've been waiting 2+ weeks and no new code! What a way to punsih consumers for their mistakes (even if it was a 3rd party web site, AMD is still responsible for providing me what they promised)!
erratum1 8th October 2011, 19:33 Quote
Don't know what's going on but these hacked codes are still working as of now.
Madness_3d 8th October 2011, 19:38 Quote
I had to do the scanning and got my code after about 10 days.
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