Data Breach in Twitch Streaming Platform Could Compromise User Security

Data Breach in Twitch Streaming Platform Could Compromise User Security


Online scams are nothing new, but hackers are always finding new ways to compromise the security of various major websites. The most recent example of this kind of hacking activity involves an attack on the popular streaming website Twitch, which hosts streams of video games and other game-related content.

The hack attack was made public on Wednesday when the hacker (or group of hackers) responsible for the breach leaked information pulled from Twitch’s source code. The source code was posted as a downloadable torrent on the internet, complete with every iteration of Twitch’s base code from its launch until the present day.

Twitch Confirms the Hack

The website confirmed that the hack was real in a Tweet posted to its official account. According to the company, it is moving swiftly to determine the full extent of what was revealed in the leak. The most immediately pressing issue for users who have accounts with the site should be changing their passwords and updating their two-factor authentication methods.

Since the entirety of Twitch was included in the leaks, it’s safe to assume hackers have access to both your password and the method you use to secure two-factor authentication. Changing both of these is a good way to prevent any unauthorized sign-ins on your profile. Likewise, if you use the same password or username on other sites, now is the time to change those, as well.

“We can confirm a breach has taken place. Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this,” Twitch writes in the tweet. “We will update the community as soon as additional information is available.”

Why Hack Twitch?

In a post on the popular anonymous forum board 4chan, someone claiming to be the hacker responsible for the attack said that they chose to target Twitch due to their distaste for the company. Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, has faced criticism from some users over its perceived sluggishness in responding to issues like creators being harassed by some users.

Notably, the hack also included information about creator payouts. In a move that has certainly upset numerous high-profile streamers, the payouts given to every content creator on Twitch have now been made public due to the leak.

What’s more, the leak was labeled as “part one” by the hackers, suggesting that there could be still more data released in the days or weeks to come. For now, users are encouraged to take pains to secure their online accounts to prevent scammers or hackers from accessing their sensitive information.