People who might have looked at Steam’s official forums this morning might have found them somewhat barren—or even one might say: missing. It seems that last night Valve took their forums offline for abrupt “emergency maintenance” in the wake of what’s being reported as a hack.
Sometime last night Valve took down their official Steam forums for “maintenance;” however, users who happened to be browsing the site at the time report that it happened because the forums had been pwned by hackers.
In the minutes before the forums went down abruptly for the unscheduled maintenance, users reported that a new category had appeared directing users to a site called “Fkn0wned.” In addition, numerous users have reported that their e-mail addresses attached to the Steam forums have received spam ostensively from the site listed.
Kotaku has reported that Fkn0wned.com is denying responsibility, “Fkn0wned Forum is currently unavailable In lights of someone crediting us for the recent breaches of steam forums, the board is offline. Fkn0wned is not responsible.”
Details are still developing and Valve has not yet commented.
For most, we can breathe a sigh of relief: Steam service accounts and the official forums are separate password databases; however, for many who use both, they might share handles and passwords—so it’s time to get those passwords changed stat.