Twitch Suffers from Massive Leak

Posted on October 6, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Amazon, Games with 8 Comments

According to a report, Amazon’s Twitch gaming service has been hacked, with the attacker leaking the service’s source code and user payout details.

The attacker posted a 125 GB torrent to 4chan forum site, stating that they wanted to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space,” and because Twitch’s “community is a disgusting toxic cesspool”. The report verified that the file is publicly downloadable.

Twitch says it is aware of the breach and is investigating. But the damage is done: among the leaked data is “the entirety of Twitch’s source code with a full comment history, creator payouts dating back to 2019, the mobile, desktop, and console Twitch clients, proprietary software development kits (SDKs) and AWS services, other Twitch properties including IGBD and CurseForge, an abandoned Steam competitor called Vapor, and internal “red teaming” tools that employees use for security purposes. In other words, the motherlode.

Several Twitch creators have earned several million dollars each from the service, the leaks show, and over 80 have made over one million dollars.

If you are a Twitch user, move quickly to enable two-factor authentication (2FA), since it appears that the service’s encrypted passwords have also been leaked.

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Twitch Suffers from Massive Leak”

  1. spacein_vader

    Appreciate this is a massive understatement but: that's really not good news for Twitch, it's users or creators.

  2. wright_is

    Yes, not a good look. Especially as Twitch was making fun of the Facebook outage just a day earlier...

  3. skyczy08

    This is bad for creators yes. But sometimes something bad needs to happen to to the evil corporation to start treating humans better. Shame on Twitch and Amazon. Fu Bezos!

  4. yoshi

    Mixer this could have been your time.

    • christianwilson

      Seriously. Mixer had potential. I don't fault Microsoft for cutting their losses, but this year alone has seen Google finally make some headway with YouTube Gaming, thanks in part to Twitch's bad publicity. Xbox seems to be doing well with this new console generation and to have Mixer bundled right into the console experience may have been a popular feature. Mixer integration with Xbox Cloud Gaming would have been a welcome addition, too.

  5. red.radar

    This has to be the biggest hack of all time. If not one of the top.

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