If you use Twitch, it might be time to consider reseting your passwords, turning on 2FA, and taking any precautions to protect yourself due to the scale of this attack.
If you are a Twitch user, don’t panic, but you need to know: Twitch has been hit with one of the largest data breaches in recent days. While Facebook went down earlier this week, Twitch has had over 125GB worth of data stolen and posted online in order to bring about more competition according to the hacker.
The streaming service has confirmed that the data breach has occurred and that they do not know the scope of the cyber attack that has affected them earlier today. According to Video Games Chronicle, everything about Twitch has been leaked as far as its original source code to several years of payout information for the service’s most popular streamers ranging from Shroud to Pokimane.
The people claiming responsibility for the breach have stated on a popular anonymous posting forum that their attack was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” because Twitch’s community is “a disgusting toxic cesspool.”
At this time here’s what we know was leaked from today’s breach:
The leak includes the following:
- 3 years worth of details regarding creator payouts on Twitch.
- The entirety of twitch.tv, “with commit history going back to its early beginnings.”
- Source code for the mobile, desktop, and video game console Twitch clients.
- Code related to proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch.
- An unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios.
- Data on other Twitch properties like IGDB and CurseForge.
- Twitch’s internal security tools.
- The leak is labelled as “part one,” suggesting there could be more to come.
At this time, it’s unclear as to just how much data was taken from Twitch’s servers and how much data the hacker plans to release. At this moment, it’s unclear if any personal information was taken, but just in case, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to reset your password, turn on 2FA or use an Authenticator, and just ensure that you’ve taken proper precautions.
Twitch has acknowledged the hack and has stated they are investigating just as to how deep this breach goes and what kind of data has been taken. As we always suggest: Be on the watch, don’t click any links that you may get in email or messages, and just take general safety measures when using Twitch or checking emails from the service or possibly about your account at this time.
Just remember that if you do reset your password, you’ll need to relink your OBS and Streamlabs OBS to yur Twitch account once completed. We’ll keep you up-to-date as more information is released by Twitch and Amazon about today’s breach.
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