Twitch Leak: Twitch’s complete source code, as well as user payment information, is said to have been stolen by an unknown hacker.
Twitch seems to have been hacked, with the company’s streaming service source code, an undisclosed Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios, and information on creator payouts all revealed. An anonymous poster on the 4chan message board has uploaded a 125GB torrent purporting to include the whole of Twitch and its commit history.
The breach was meant to “promote further disruption and competition in the online video streaming market” since “their community is a filthy poisonous swamp,” according to the user.
The files stated on 4chan are publicly accessible to download as indicated by the unidentified hacker, according to VGC.
The stolen material, including the source code for Amazon’s streaming platform, is genuine, according to an unnamed corporate source, according to VGC.
Twitch is aware of the incident internally, according to the source, and the data was likely stolen as recently as Monday. Twitch has been contacted for comment, and we will update this article whenever we hear back.
Some Twitter users have begun sifting through the 125GB of data that has been released, with one saying that the torrent also contains encrypted passwords and advising users to utilize two-factor authentication to be secure.
If you have a Twitch account, you should enable two-factor authentication, which guarantees that even if your password is stolen, you will need to verify your identity using SMS or an authenticator app on your phone.
To enable two-factor authentication, follow these steps:
- Log in to Twitch, click your avatar, and choose Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Scroll down to the Security option under Security and Privacy.
- To check whether two-factor authentication is already enabled, go to Edit Two-Factor Authentication. If not, switch it on by following the instructions.
The leak also allegedly contains Unity code for Vapeworld, a game that seems to be chat software based on Amazon’s unannounced Steam rival Vapor.
Meanwhile, Vapor, a codename for an alleged Steam rival in development, is said to include several of Twitch’s features into a custom game shop.
Finally, the stolen papers claim that famous broadcasters like Shroud, Nickmercs, and DrLupo have made millions of dollars from their work with the popular streaming site.
It excludes money generated by broadcasters outside of Twitch, such as goods, YouTube income, sponsorships, and external contributions.
The unidentified leaker has indicated that this is just the first portion of the information that will be released but has not specified what more will be released.
The Twitch breach, if verified, “would be the largest leak I have ever seen,” according to one cyber security expert.
Twitch has been under criticism from artists and users who believe the platform doesn’t go far enough in dealing with troublesome members of the Twitch community.
In reaction to hate raids, a number of Twitch broadcasters called on other channels and viewers to boycott the platform for 24 hours.
Twitch released a message on Twitter the same day that the campaign was launched, stating that it was trying to halt hate raids but that it was not an “easy remedy.”
It said, “No one should have to face vicious and cruel assaults because of who they are or what they stand for.” “This is not the Twitch community we want, and we want you to know that we’re working hard to make it a safer environment for artists.”
“Hate spam assaults are the product of well-intentioned evil individuals, and there is no easy solution.” We’ve been constantly upgrading our sitewide prohibited word filters to help avoid variants on vile slurs, and deleting bots when they’ve been discovered, thanks to your complaints.”