Valve, a game developer and distributor, recently confirmed that the Steam server has been exploited by hackers and they successfully accessed usernames along with passwords.
At the beginning of the week, Valve took down the forum which led to suspicions that the server was under attack. In fact, before going offline users reported problems as well as strange messages on the Steam forum.
As it turns out, a database containing personal information of gamers was hacked, as confirmed by Gabe Newell, co-founder and managing director of Valve in a statement, as reportedby Cnet.
The statement confirms that the compromised database included usernames along with encrypted passwords, email addresses and game purchase details including billing addresses and also "hashed and salted" passwords. In fact, encrypted credit card information was also a part of the database.
According to the company, there was no evidence of any credit card misuse, but at the same time advised the customers to "watch your credit card activity and statements closely."
Even though gaming services are still operational on the website, administrators have shut down the Steam forum, reports Cnet.