Millions of Code-copies of Dirt 3 Stolen

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:38

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AMD has recently been running a promotion where people who buy their video card get a free copy of Dirt 3 via AMD4u and Steam. Basically, there was a large database of Steam codes for the game, and hackers got ahold of it and released it. There have been estimates of how many game codes were in the databases that were released, but the current estimates are believed to be 1.7 million to 3 million. AMD has confirmed the report:

"This past weekend, activation keys associated with free Dirt 3 game vouchers shipping with select AMD products were compromised.

"These activation keys were hosted on a third party fulfillment agency website, www.AMD4u.com, and did not reside on AMD's website. Neither the AMD nor Codemasters servers were involved.

"We are working closely with Steam, Codemasters, and our fulfillment agency to address the situation. AMD will continue to honor all valid game vouchers, however the current situation may result in a short delay before the vouchers can be redeemed."

Currently the promotion is on hold until problems can get resolved, but if you bought a card and want the game, it looks like you'll just have to wait a little while. Pirates among you, I wouldn't recommend trying to find the database and use one of the codes. It's incredibly easy for Steam to look through the list of codes used and ban everyone who used a stolen code. Those of you who already purchased a card and used the code, I'm sure there will be a simple verification you can use so that your account won't get privileges revoked.