DIRT 3 codes leaked
Due to a breach in AMD's website security, 1.7 million DIRT 3 product unlock keys have been leaked
Due to a security breach on AMD's site, close to 1.7 million promotional keys for Codemasters' Dirt 3 have been leaked.
As a result of missing .htaccess on AMD's site, savvy users were able to log in to the site and freely access files containing the Dirt 3 keys. This is a directory level configuration file commonly used for restricting access to certain directories on the server.
If a site does not have .htaccess, anyone can gain access to directories stored on the server and access the information stored within.
AMD uses these keys to unlock Dirt 3 downloads performed via Steam. As a result, just copying a key into the relevant text box will allow a user to unlock the game, if that key hasn't been used before.
However, if someone does find a link to the missing keys it wouldn't be wise to try them as AMD could ask Steam to deactivate all those codes and Steam in turn would ban any accounts that have used these codes.
AMD has temporarily taken down the section of its site that it uses for Dirt 3 key dispersion.
UPDATE: AMD has issued a statement clarifying that the revealed codes were hosted on a third-party fulfillment web site, and that neither AMD nor Codemasters servers were compromised in the incident.
"AMD will continue to honour all valid game vouchers, however the current situation may result in a short delay before the vouchers can be redeemed," the statement continues.