Twitch has confirmed that it has suffered a major data breach. “We can confirm that a breach has occurred,” a Twitch spokesman said on Twitter. “Our teams work with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as more information is available. ”
Hackers have so far leaked data that includes source code for the company’s streaming service, an unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios, and creator payout information. An anonymous poster on the 4chan messaging board released a 125GB torrent earlier today, which they claim includes the entire Twitch and its commit history.
We can confirm that a breach has occurred. Our teams work with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as more information is available. Thank you for carrying with us.
– Twitch (@Twitch) October 6, 2021
The leak has been labeled “part one”, suggesting more may be coming. Although personal information such as creator payments is included, this initial leak does not appear to include passwords, addresses, or email accounts for Twitch users. Instead, it seems that leaks have focused on sharing Twitch’s own business tools and information rather than code that would contain personal accounts.
The Twitch leak will be detrimental to the gaming streaming service in both ways and especially to creators who rely on Twitch to keep their earnings and information secure. The hack follows weeks of protest for Twitch to improve its service during the #DoBetterTwitch movement. Twitch streamers also took a day off in August to protest the company’s lack of action against hate raids.