Twitch Confirms Major Hack, Advises Users To Change Passwords
American live video gaming streaming services Twitch has confirmed that it has suffered a major data breach.
The confirmation came on the company’s official Twitter account.
“We can confirm a breach has taken place,” a Twitch spokesperson said on Twitter.
“Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as additional information is available.”
At present, Twitch said it is working to understand the seriousness of the breach and has asked some users to change their passwords.
“Until we understand the extent of this breach, we would recommend changing your Twitch password and enabling two-factor authentication if you have not already done so.”
4chan, an anonymous English-language image board website released a 125GB torrent of the entirety of Twitch and its commit history on Tuesday.
The present leak has been called as “part one,” suggesting that there could be more.
However, the good news is that personal information like creators payments details which includes passwords, addresses, or email accounts of Twitch users were not included in this breach.
Instead, the leaker appears to have focused on sharing Twitch’s own company tools and information, rather than code that would include personal accounts.
Hackers have so far leaked data that includes source code for the company’s streaming service, an unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios, and details of creator payouts.
The breach follows weeks of protest for Twitch to improve its service under the #DoBetterTwitch movement.
Twitch streamers also took a day off in August to protest the company’s lack of action against hate raids.