Steam Is Compromised And Members Get A Letter

Back in February Valve’s game service Steam was hacked. It sounds like they took a large chunk of data. Let’s check out what they had to say.

February 10, 2012
Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users:We continue our investigation of last year’s intrusion with the help of outside security experts. In my last note about this, I described how intruders had accessed our Steam database but we found no evidence that the intruders took information from that database. That is still the case. Recently we learned that it is probable that the intruders obtained a copy of a backup file with information about Steam transactions between 2004 and 2008. This backup file contained user names, email addresses, encrypted billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. It did not include Steam passwords. We do not have any evidence that the encrypted credit card numbers or billing addresses have been compromised. However as I said in November it’s a good idea to watch your credit card activity and statements. And of course keeping Steam Guard on is a good idea as well. We are still investigating and working with law enforcement authorities. Some state laws require a more formal notice of this incident so some of you will get that notice, but we wanted to update everyone with this new information now. – Gabe (Valve)

Counter-Strike: Source for Mac Now Available on Steam

One of the best Mods for Half -Life makes its way to Steam. Mac OSX users can rejoice at the price too. 13.39 for great online team multiplayer action. This post is a little late as I was at a wedding but, better late then never. Download Steam from Valve and start rocking.

Mac 10.6.4 Update Causing Problems with Steam

This is the message I received from Steam when I started it up today (June 18th 2010).

The recent 10.6.4 update from Apple has noticeable performance issues for NVidia graphic chip owners running high performance games. If you wish to avoid this, you should consider waiting to install the 10.6.4 update until Apple has had the opportunity to address this issue. Full details of what is contained in the 10.6.4 update can be found here:http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4150. If you have already installed this update and believe your graphic performance is affected, please contact Apple support (http://www.apple.com/support/) for details on what to do.

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Portal for Mac is Free Until May 24th

Valve is giving away Portal for Mac until May 24th. “´╗┐´╗┐Portal used to cost money. Until May 24th, it’s free. End of story”. Also Steam for Mac got an update recently. Since updates are automatic, you need only to run the program. There are 90 cross-platform games right now and four cross-platform multiplayer games now. So what are you waiting for? Go log onto Steam and grab Portal for free.

Steam for Mac is Now Available

Steam for Mac is now available. Download from their homepage or from the Box File Widget.

Here are the system requirements.

System Requirements

Windows XP, Vista, or 7 (or OSX)
512 MB RAM
1 Ghz or faster processor

Intel Mac, OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
Two-button mouse strongly recommended

1GB HD space (recommended)
Internet connection (broadband recommended)

Steam For Mac Set For May 12th

Valve released yet another release date for their Steam software. Steam is Valve’s digital distribution for their games. It is said that you will only have to buy a title once but be able to play that game on multiple operating systems without having to buy it again. Pay once and play it on either your Mac or PC. Portal 2 will be Valve’s first simultaneous release for both PC and Mac. Let’s see what Valve had to say.

Valve today announced the public release of Steam for the Mac is May 12. Please stay tuned for more information. (April 29th, 2010)

Steam and Valve’s library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series will be available in April. (March 8th, 2010)