- Amazon-owned Twitch was reportedly hacked, resulting in a major data breach.
- The source code for Twitch would be included in the hack, along with the creator earnings figures.
- It’s unclear if user data was part of the leak, but you should probably change your Twitch password just in case.
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Amazon’s hugely popular video game streaming service Twitch was reportedly hacked, resulting in a major data leak.
The leak contains everything from the original Twitch source code to several years of payment information on the service’s most popular streamers, Video Games Chronicle reported Wednesday.
A torrent of a 125 GB data file extracted from the alleged hack is circulating on the anonymous 4chan bulletin board.
Anonymous hackers claiming responsibility said in a 4chan article that the purpose of the hack was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” because the Twitch community is “a disgusting toxic cesspool “.
They also detailed the main content of the hack: Twitch’s source code dating back years, an unannounced digital game showcase meant to compete with heavyweights like Steam, and years of financial records from Twitch streamers (in addition to the SDK for various Twitch apps and adjacent software).
It’s not clear if the user’s data has been breached, but it wouldn’t hurt to change your Twitch password and, if you haven’t already set it up, enable two-factor authentication.
Twitch representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment at the time of posting.
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