- Amazon-owned Twitch has reportedly been hacked, resulting in a major data breach.
- The source code for Twitch is reportedly included in the hack, as well as creator earnings numbers.
- 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 massively popular video game streaming service, Twitch, has reportedly been hacked – resulting in a major data leak.
Contained within the leak is everything from Twitch’s original source code to several years of payout information on the service’s most popular streamers, Video Games Chronicle reported on Wednesday.
A torrent of a 125 GB file of data pulled from the alleged hack is circulating on the anonymous message board 4chan.
The anonymous hackers claiming responsibility said in a 4chan post that the point of the hack was to, “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” because Twitch’s community is “a disgusting toxic cesspool.”
They also detailed the main contents of the hack: the source code for Twitch going back years, an unannounced digital gaming storefront meant to rival heavyweights like Steam, and years of financial records of Twitch streamers (in addition to the SDKs for various Twitch apps and adjacent software).
It’s unclear if user data was breached, but it wouldn’t hurt to change your Twitch password and, if you don’t already have it set up, activate two-factor authentication.
Representatives for Twitch didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment as of publishing.
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