Amazon’s live streaming e-sports platform Twitch said on Wednesday it was hit by a data breach, without providing further details.
An anonymous hacker claimed to have leaked Twitch data, including information related to the company’s source code, clients and unreleased games, according to Video Games Chronicle, which first reported the news of the hack.
Twitch confirmed the breach and said its “teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this”.
We can confirm a breach has taken place. Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for bearing with us.
— Twitch (@Twitch) October 6, 2021
The company declined to comment further and said it would “update the community as soon as additional information is available”. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The hacker’s motive was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space”, according to the Video Games Chronicle report.
About 125GB of data was leaked, including information on Twitch’s highest paid video game streamers since 2019, such as a $9.6 million (roughly Rs. 70 crores) payout to the voice actors of popular game “Dungeons & Dragons” and $8.4 million (roughly Rs. 62 crores) to Canadian streamer xQcOW, the report said.
“Twitch leak is real. Includes significant amount of personal data,” cyber security expert Kevin Beaumont tweeted.
Twitch leak is real. Includes significant amount of personal data.
Feel bad for the InfoSec team, the attacker leaked lots of their data too including their threat models (which they probably want to update to include 4chan).
— Kevin Beaumont (@GossiTheDog) October 6, 2021
Twitch, an online e-sports platform with more than 30 million average daily visitors, has become increasingly popular with musicians and video gamers where they interact with users while live streaming content.
The platform, which was boycotted earlier this year by users for not doing enough to block harassment, previously made a move to ban users for offenses such as hate-group membership and credible threats of mass violence.
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