It appears as if Twitch has been hacked, with source code for the company’s streaming service, an unpublished Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios, and information on creator payouts all being exposed. On the 4chan message board, an anonymous poster has launched a 125GB torrent claiming to contain the entirety of Twitch and its commit history.
The breach is intended to “promote further disruption and competition in the online video streaming industry,” according to the poster. The Verge has confirmed that the leak is genuine. Plus, it also contains code as recent as this week.
Twitch has acknowledged a data breach and stated that it is “working with urgency to uncover the extent of this.”
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Twitch hacked; what data is leaked?
The following information has been leaked:
- Three years’ worth of information on Twitch creator rewards.
- The complete twitch.tv platform, “including commit history dating back to its inception.”
- Twitch client source code for mobile, desktop, and video game consoles.
- Code relevant to Twitch’s proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services.
- Amazon Game Studios’ undisclosed Steam competitor.
- Information from Twitch properties such as IGDB and CurseForge.
- Internal security tools at Twitch.
The leak is referred to as “part one,” implying that there are more to come. Twitch is aware of the breach, according to Video Games Chronicle, but is yet to notify its users.
The leak doesn’t appear to include Twitch users’ passwords or addresses, but that doesn’t rule out the possibility that this information was taken as part of the attack. In fact, the leaker appears to have concentrated on exposing Twitch’s internal tools and knowledge, rather than code that would reveal personal information.
Though Twitch has verified a data breach; the exact amount of information stolen is still unknown. If you haven’t already, we recommend changing your Twitch password and setting two-factor authentication on your account.
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