Steam, the online games distributer operated by Valve, has become the next victim to online hackers. The company took down their forums on Novemer 6th, citing maintanence as the reason for doing so. Yesterday, Gabe Newell, the head of Valve, announced that hackers had gotten into a Steam database. He said that the information that has been comprimised includes "user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information". Valve hasn't said if it has been every account, or just a portion of the accounts that have been accessed.
Only Steam forum accounts have been broken into, and of those, only a handfull have actually been accessed.
The BBC has announced that every user will be required to change their password when they next log on to the forums. Because the forum passwords and Steam account passwords are treated differently, no Steam accounts have been compromised. Gabe Newell still suggests a change of password though, especially if it is the same password for both accounts.
To read more on the attacks, the article by the BBC can be found here. The forums have since been reactivated.