A devastating Twitch Hack sends Streamers Reeling

I morges an anonymous hacker released what they claim is a huge cache of proprietary data from Twitch, the popular streaming platform, including Twitch.tv source code and streamers’ revenue information.

“Jeff Bezos paid $ 970 million for this, we’re giving it away for FREE,” the poster wrote on 4chan. Today’s leak, which the original poster described as “extremely poggers”, is by far the biggest ever to hit Twitch, which was acquired by Amazon in 2014.

The leak, first reported by Video Game Chronicle, reportedly contains 125 GB of data. This data includes the source code of Twitch.tv; Twitch’s mobile, desktop and game console clients; proprietary SDKs; Twitch-owned properties, including Vapor, Amazon’s alleged Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios; and internal security tools. The leak does not appear to contain streamers ‘or users’ personal information, but the damage appears to be extensive. The post is titled “jerk jerk part 1”, which means there may be more to come.

“Whenever the source code is leaked, it is not good and potentially catastrophic,” said Ekram Ahmed, a spokesman for security firm Check Point. “It opens a giant door for evildoers to find cracks in the system, lace up malware and potentially steal sensitive information.”

The 4chan poster also referred to Twitch’s latest wave of hadrazzias, in which botmakers have spammed marginalized streamers’ chats with violent harassment. Referring to the #DoBetterTwitch hashtag (more commonly #TwitchDoBetter), the poster claimed that Twitch is a “disgusting cesspool.” They wrote that the leak, which appears to contain large amounts of proprietary data, is “promoting more disruption and competition in the online video game streaming space.” Twitch has introduced several new tools to combat these hate raids and sued two alleged hate raiders last month.

Twitch did not immediately respond to WIRED’s request for comment, but confirmed Wednesday morning that a breach had occurred. “Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this,” the official Twitch account said tweeted. “We will update the community as soon as more information is available.”

“I wish I could say I’m surprised,” said Avery, a streamer who walks past Littlesiha and does not publicly share his last name for the sake of confidential information. “It took Twitch two months to find a way to protect marginalized creators who were harassed, threatened and doxxed through chatbot raids. On-site security feels like a joke at this point. ”

Although much of the data appears to be legitimate, there is some debate about the accuracy of streamers’ revenue figures. Some streamers have tweeted to their payout numbers are accurate, while others have claimed otherwise. “It was wrong for my number,” said popular Twitch personality Asmongold as he streamed Amazon’s new video game New world this morning.

Nick “NMP” Polom also streamed on Twitch, saying “I feel a little offended right now.” His viewers, who spoke in the tens of thousands, took the leak as an opportunity to meme and donated money attached to messages like β€œIt seems you need this more than me. I work at McDonald’s. ”(On Twitter, he wrote that he ‘live right now is being ruthlessly SHIT ON by my community for being’ poor ‘. THANK YOU @twitch. “) Although many streamers have expressed deep concern about the leak, some make it a joke: Topstreamer Chance” Sodapoppin “Morris, who was 42nd on the list of streamer revenue numbers, asked his viewers not to see it as real:” I swear , that I am one of the richest on the platform, “he said joked. “I do MUCH more than that.” (For many top streamers, Twitch payouts are just a stream of revenue among many.) Streaming on Twitch shouted Felix “xQc” Lengyel, “I told you all – it’s trillions with a fucking ‘T’!”


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