Valve hack just a false alarm, sort of

It would appear that a hacker's proclamation (and proof via screenshots) that he had gained access to all of Valve's internal files has been uncovered as false. In reality, he reportedly hacked a third-party site that deals with Valve's Cyber Café billing program, which nearly eliminates the fear Valve's customers had about their private information finding its way into unwanted hands. Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi told TG Daily, "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."

Link: Forum Discussion (Thanks Al)
News source: TG Daily

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He was threatening to release more information because he supposedly gained root access to the Steam servers.

Oh well. That's what he gets for being a moron and releasing five credit card numbers, PLUS being an idiot for using MS Word for his web page.

Oh, good. Financial details weren't stolen from Valve, they were stolen from a company Valve contracted to handle business. That makes it all better. We all knew from Day 1 that it had to do with CyberCafes and not Steam, though.

Hope they get the guys, Valve is one of the few development studios I respect and follow religiously. What the hacker was after really is anyones guess, probably attention.

Coldgunner said,
Hope they get the guys, Valve is one of the few development studios I respect and follow religiously. What the hacker was after really is anyones guess, probably attention.

Well, I don't know, maybe he/she was doing it for the sake of doing it, maybe because he/she enjoyed it ... You know, like other hobbies?