Steam forums shut down; breach to blame?

If you are trying to access the official message board for Valve's PC game download service Steam, you likely are seeing a message that states, "The Steam Forums are temporarily offline for maintenance. Your patience is appreciated." While that sound like a normal note, but Eurogamer reports that the real reason may be due to a breach from one or more hackers.

Apparently some Steam forum owners saw the image you see above last night when they attended the forums. It shows a slightly redesigned message board with a note to head to the video game multiplayer hacker side Other gamers received emails with similar messages with the same web site mentioned.

At the moment there's no reason to assume that any critical Steam user information, such as passwords or credit card info used to purchase games via Steam, has been collected by this forum hacker attack. However, Steam users who have the same user name and password for both the forums and the main Steam site might want to change those details just in case.

Steam would seem to be a fairly large target for possible attacks by hacker groups since it is the single biggest PC game download service with over 20 million registered users at last count. It's about to launch what will likely be two of its biggest games of the year this week: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (due out later tonight) and The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim (out on Friday).

Image via Eurogamer

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