Online streaming giant Twitch appears to have suffered a major data breach, compromising its underlying source code and details of producer payments.
An anonymous poster on the controversial messaging board 4chan claims to have gathered the entirety of twitch.tv “with a history going back to its early beginnings” along with three years’ worth of details related to payments on Twitch.
The poster also claims to have hacked Twitch’s internal security tools and code related to the mobile, desktop and video game console Twitch client.
A 125GB file posted on 4chan, labeled “Part One,” also includes an unreleased Steam competitor produced by Amazon Game Studios.
“This leak appears to be filled with highly sensitive data and those affected should act swiftly to protect their information and identities,” said Jake Moore, a security expert at cybersecurity firm ESET. Granthshala.
Leaked source code would also be detrimental to Twitch, which remains a highly sought-after target, including among the criminal hacking community giant Judo.
“With regular action against Twitch, even boycotting the site and releasing more data, it could be extremely damaging to their reputation as well as financially.”
Mr Moore urged Twitch users to change their password on Twitch, as well as on any other service they use the same password.
Jarno Niemella, a researcher at cybersecurity firm F-Secure, also warned people with Twitch accounts to review “all information” they’ve provided to Twitch if any of it is sensitive.
“While this will not help in this case as the data has already been leaked, users should always be vigilant about what kind of information they provide to any social media platform,” he said.
Twitch did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Granthshala.
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