Twitch advises users to update software in wake of breach that exposed private data
Twitch confirmed a major data breach this week, after what was alleged to be the game streaming platforms source code and more than 120 gigabytes of private data were released on the web forum 4chan.
“We can confirm a breach has taken place,” Twitch said on Twitter. “Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this.”
Hours later, Twitch put up a blog post blaming the data breach on an error in a server configuration change on its server.
“As the investigation is ongoing, we are still in the process of understanding the impact in detail,” the company said. “We understand that this situation raises concerns, and we want to address some of those here while our investigation continues.”
Twitch reassured users that there was no indication any login credentials or full credit numbers — which the company clarified are not stored by the platform — were exposed.
Hackers were allegedly able to access the platforms proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services, in addition to red-teaming tools, all of which could leave Twitch vulnerable to future cyber-attacks, reports Engadget.
The platform has advised users to update its software and said it has taken the step of resetting all of its stream keys.
The leaked data allegedly included the streaming platform’s source code and information revealing how much the top Twitch streamers make in revenue.
A Twitter user with the screenname @BigJon06 posted on the website that the information regarding how much money streamers made lined up with his own experience.
i looked at one revenue file to validate if this is legit… literally 100% match to my analytics.. ad revenue, etc…
— Tempo | Big Jon™ 🎮 💪👑 (@BigJon06) October 6, 2021
Twitch was acquired by Amazon back in 2014 for $970 million, the platform is a top option for game streamers, boasting millions of streamers and tens of millions of registered users.
Some of the top streamers in the world use Twitch, including Ninja, Tfue, auronplay, and Rubius.