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)

Headcrab Zombie Statue from Valve

Valve has partnered with Gaming Heads to create a 1/4 scale statue of a Half-Life® 2 Headcrab Zombie. Pre-orders start October 4th, 2010. Check out the full article here.

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: If you have already installed this update and believe your graphic performance is affected, please contact Apple support ( for details on what to do.

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Team Fortress 2 for Mac OSX

I check Steam weekly and this week I was surprised to see a new game available for the Mac. Valve’s classic Team Fortress 2 is ready for purchase through Valve’s digital distribution software Steam. It is available in the Orange Box for 29.99 or by itself for 22.49 and with Garry’s Mod for 24.99. What are you waiting for? Go grab it from Steam and start fragging your friends on the Steam Network. With a total of 326 Steam Achievements up for grabs, what is stopping you?

Orange Box Now Available for Mac OSX

The Orange Box is now cross-platform. Mac users can now play Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 : Episode One and Two, and Team Fortress 2. Team Fortress 2 is “coming soon” Play by yourself or play with friends over the Steam network. Half-Life 2 will run you 6.99, Half-Life 2 : Episode One will run you 5.59, and Half-Life 2: Episode Two will set you back 5.59. You can grab all the titles for a low price of 20.99. These titles are on sale for a limited time.

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)