Steam Forums hacked, taken offline

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Though Anonymous and Lulzsec seem to have gone quiet with their hack attacks on gaming sites it seems the hacking continues – this time affecting Valve’s forums. Anybody trying to access said forums was greeted with this message :

“The Steam Forums are temporarily offline for maintenance. Your patience is appreciated,” and no other reasons for the forums’ temporary closure.  Steam users say the reason is that the forums have been compromised, with a group calling itself FknOwned altering the forum’s layout and spamming users’ e-mail address.

According to Eurogamer, the forum and the spammy messages said :

“Ever wanted to dominate the servers you play on with guaranteed results, but you were too afraid to cheat because of ban risks? Visit [site url removed] 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.”

There’s no word on whether personal users’ data has been leaked or compromised – or if it’s a genuine hack or just an exploit in the VBulletin system that powers the forums. Still, it’s probably a good idea to change you Steam login details.

Last Updated: November 8, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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