Twitch Hacked: The whole homepage of game broadcasting platform Twitch has allegedly been exposed online in what may be one of the most high-profile site breaches we’ve seen.
The leak seems to be genuine, and Twitch was aware of it, according to sources inside the Amazon-owned game streaming site. The torrent file was posted to 4Chan and is now accessible for download to the general public. The hacker did so in order to “promote greater disruption and competition in the online video streaming market,” and because he believes the Twitch community is “a filthy poisonous swamp.”
So far, neither Amazon nor Twitch has confirmed the breach, but if you’re a Twitch user, it’s strongly advised that you change your passwords and activate two-factor authentication just in case.
To do so, when signed in, click on your profile image in the upper right corner, then choose Settings. Then, under the Security and Privacy page, you should be able to update your password and modify your two-factor authentication settings.
An anonymous hacker leaked a massive 125GB archive containing source code for Twitch’s website and services, its client apps for various consoles, its Amazon cloud-based services, various proprietary SDKs, other Twitch services, tools used by its security operations center, and even an “unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios,” according to the hacker. Among the source code, there seems to be information on the earnings of certain streams. A few hours earlier, Twitch verified the authenticity of the leak.
A Twitter user screenshotted an unconfirmed list of Twitch payments, which seems to indicate how much money the site’s top 100 broadcasters have made since October 2019. According to the data, the majority of Twitch’s highest-earning broadcasters are men. A tabletop role-playing group takes the top position with approximately $9.6 million in earnings, followed by a male Overwatch broadcaster with around $8.4 million. These alleged numbers do not include sponsorships or other revenue-generating techniques used by streamers.
Even yet, the millions that these best streamers earn are still a significant sum of money. However, the huge pay gap between high-earning male broadcasters and female streamers demonstrates that Twitch has done little to assist women and other disadvantaged streamers on its platform.
Many Twitch streamers are also stigmatized because of their ethnicity and sexual orientation. Pokimane is the only black lady on the list of top earners. Many tiny broadcasters find it difficult to remain safe on the platform.