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Steam forums taken offline after possible breach

Monday, 7th November 2011 16:22 GMT By Debabrata Nath

Valve’s temporarily taken the Steam forums offline without specifying any specific reason for doing so.

The following message greets anyone trying to access the forum:

“The Steam Forums are temporarily offline for maintenance. Your patience is appreciated.”

Although, Valve hasn’t provided any official statement, Steam forum users are reporting that the forums were reportedly hacked late last night.

One of the users contacted Eurogamer informing that a group calling itself FknOwned had altered the text on the forums and started spamming some users’ email addresses. Both the forums and the email messages contained the following statement

“Ever wanted to dominate the servers you play on with guaranteed results, but you were too afraid to cheat because of ban risks? Visit [removed domain] It’s safe, secure and undetected.

“Along with hacks, we’ve also got some general discussion sections, hacking tutorials and tools, porn, free giveaways and much more. This site has been conditioned to meet all your needs in terms of resources so be sure to take a look and tell us what you think.

“Thanks again, the fkn0wned team.”

It is still unclear if any personal details of Steam users has been compromised, however, it seems like this was only a breach into Valve’s forums, which uses a separate forum software called vBulletin.

However, this might cause problems for Steam account holders who might be using the same username and password combination for both their Steam and forum accounts. If you’re one of those, this might be a good time to change your password.

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9 Comments

  1. mongbatstar

    Thank Christ for Steam Guard.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. BraveLilCrumpet

    I like how they refer to porn as a resource tool

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    Shame.

    Depending on the day, the Steam forums can be the best or the worst thing about Steam. Most of the users are extremely helpful, but it’s usually the moderators that are the biggest, most cuntish trolls on there.

    I have no idea who picks those guys out, but they are pretty consistently humongous assholes.

    Just another reason why I’m glad we don’t have those commissarian fuckfaces around here.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DarkElfa

    another day, another….

    #4 3 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    @DSB, the only Mods I ever see on the Steam forums seem to be Developers.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Kabby

    Developers are usually fuckfaces.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Talkar

    @1
    Your Steam account and your Steam forum account, are two seperate account, so hopefully you have different usernames and passwords ^^

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DSB

    @5 That’s the green tag if I remember. They can’t afford to be cunts most of the time. Mods are the ones with the orange one, unless I’m mistaken.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. neon6

    power always corrupts people

    #9 3 years ago

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