Free Dirt 3 code for thousands: List leaks

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While it has been a couple of months since DiRT 3 released, those that have played the game know that it’s still a great racing game to have in your gaming library. DiRT 3 really gives the racer something extra, from the intense weather in the US, to Africa and Europe.

The latest version of DiRT added more events, routes and locations than the previous games and the addition of snow was really welcomed. So you know that this game is still a good buy even if it was released around 3 months ago, and what better way to get the game than with a promotion that gives you DiRT 3 for nothing.

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You may have seen the promotion offered by AMD (graphics card manufacturer) and Codemasters, which meant if you needed a graphics card and bought one of AMD’s, you’ll also get a free copy of Dirt 3. This freebie was given via a code that let you download the game for free, but it seems hundreds of people may have a free game without buying the graphics card.

Kotaku reports that Codemasters had reserved around 3 million codes for use with this promotion, and these were left on their webservers in an unsecured manner. Even though Kotaku later reported that they could only see 250,000 copies of DiRT 3 in a file, if they’re correct then some of these would have been accessed by users and maybe even downloaded.

At the time of writing we don’t know the full impact of this leak of free DiRT 3 codes, but commenters are reporting that they had friends offering free codes for the game and some of them had activated the codes without knowing where they came from.

Let us know if you’ve heard about these free codes, although we do expect Steam to take some sort of action in the coming hours and days.

  • Anonymous

    Thats pretty much what happened; we activated and shared codes without understanding the consequences. After using the key, a quick look at the site made it seem as though the keys were legal to use.

    The real issue is that they put the keys within the document root at all, without htaccess or other configurable security. Its no wonder that their security was compromised with a dictionary attack.

  • Anon

    ye i thought it was some sort of trial thing and now tht ive read into it i wouldnt have put the key in, my accounts worth alot more than some £30 game.

  • Anon

    ye i thought it was some sort of trial thing and now tht ive read into it i wouldnt have put the key in, my accounts worth alot more than some £30 game.