Twitch gets hacked, leaking source code, internal security, and data on payments to its creators

Amazon-owned streaming giant Twitch has reportedly been hit with a hack and had its source code, internal security tools, and data on how much it pays creators leaked online.

An anonymous hacker posted 125 GB of Twitch data posted on the online message board 4chan, Video Games Chronicle reported early Wednesday.  “We can confirm a breach has taken place. Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this,” a Twitch spokesperson said. “We will update the community as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for bearing with us.”

The person who posted the leak on 4chan wrote that the purpose of the hack was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space.” “Jeff Bezos paid $970 million for this, we’re giving it away FOR FREE,” the apparent hacker gloated alongside a picture they posted of a baffled-looking Bezos.

Kevin Beaumont, a cybersecurity expert and former Microsoft senior threat intelligence analyst, confirmed the leak’s authenticity. “Twitch leak is real,” Beaumont wrote on Twitter. “Includes significant amount of personal data.” The hacker who posted Wednesday’s twitch data teased additional leaks, writing that the initial files were “part one.” 




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