Twitch Confirms Massive Data Breach, Includes User Payments & Source Codes

Amazon-owned, Twitch the live streaming e-sports platform had a data breach last week, where the source code was exposed. On Friday, the company confirmed that the documents that were leaked contained source code and nothing else.

In a statement, Twitch said, no personal information of the users like Passwords, login credentials, full credit card numbers, bank details were exposed. 

Only Source Code was Exposed in Twitch Data Breach

Twitch Confirms Massive Data Breach, Includes User Payments & Source Codes

Twitch is used by video gamers to interact with users while live-streaming the content. All the users got an error in the server configuration and had blamed the breach for the error.

At the time of server maintenance, the server configuration is done. Due to a faulty configuration, the stored data was exposed to the servers.

However, Twitch confirmed that they are confident only a few number of users were affected by the breach. The company is in contact who were directly affected. Twitch has more than 30 million daily users.

In a blog post, Twitch said,

“The exposed data primarily contained documents from Twitch’s source code repository, as well as a subset of creator payout data. We’ve undergone a thorough review of the information included in the files exposed and are confident that it only affected a small fraction of users and the customer impact is minimal. We are contacting those who have been impacted directly.”

Twitch has reset all stream keys and has provided a link to get a new key. All the users need to manually update their software with a new key to stream.

As per the reports, around 125 gigabytes of data was leaked in the breach that contains details of the highest-paid video game streamers from 2019. The payout of around $9.6 million (roughly Rs. 70 crores) to the voice actors of games like “Dungeons & Dragons” and Canadian streamer xQcOW is $8.4 million.

In an online forum, the documents that are shared show payments that are made from August or September 2019 to October 2021.


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