Steam Forums Down: Are Hackers To Blame?

Steam Forums Down: Are Hackers To Blame?


Are you a Steam user? If so, go check the forums page. Go on, I’ll wait. You’re back? Then you likely noticed the following message in lieu of the standard forum browser:

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

Ostensibly, this service outage is Valve’s response to a break-in that resulted in hacker site Fkn0wned being advertised both on the main forum page and through individual e-mails to Steam users with the following content:

Ever wanted to dominate the servers you play on with guaranteed results, but you were too afraid to cheat because of ban risks? Visit xxxxxx 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.

The e-mail, in particular, is threatening, since it implies that whoever planted the forum message also gained access to the Steam forum’s user database, which could compromise the private and personal information of its users. Valve, as of yet, has not issued a comment on whether or not there was an intrusion and, if so, how widespread it is, but we’ll keep an ear to the ground.

By Shelby Reiches

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