Steam not hacked, third party Cyber Cafe server compromised

Written by Joe Martin

April 19, 2007 | 18:01

Tags: #cafe #credit #criminal #hack #hacker #half-life #rob

Companies: #steam #valve


1UP has had the chance to talk to Valve software's Doug Lombardi about the so-called breach. He says that "There has been no security breach of Steam, the alleged hacker gained access to a third-party site that Valve uses to manage the commercial partners in its Cyber Café program. This Cyber Café billing system is not connected to Steam. We are working with law enforcement agencies on this matter, and encourage anyone with more information to e-mail us at"

This should hopefully reassure any end users worried that their credit card information has been compromised. However, if you're a Cyber Café owner and haven't already cancelled your credit card -- get onto your bank as soon as possible.

-- Tim

the story remains in its original form below

Valve may be in a spot of bother, Daily Tech reported yesterday, after a hacker has managed to infiltrate their financial records.

The hacker, who goes by the alias of 'MaddoxX', managed to access not only Valve's financial information, but also the credit card information of an unknown number of Steam customers as well as error logs and a partial listing of Valve's Cafe directory.

MaddoxX has announced that on top of this that he "has shell access everywhere". He has also posted a list of login details so that other hackers can create fake Cafe certificates.

Although neither Valve nor MaddoxX have announced how much credit card information was stolen, it's strongly suggested that all Steam users keep an eye on their accounts for a while.

MaddoxX is now apparently holding Valve to ransom, demanding in emails that the company offer him "something good" or he will release all information he has. This would include putting all of the credit card information into a spreadsheet that he would distribute.

If you think you might be affected by this hack, or if you just savour a chance to rub Valve's nose in it, then why not join us down in the forum and let us know!
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