The latest online victim of a data breach: Twitch, a streaming platform that has paid streamers and posted its source code online.
According to several tech media, including the Video Games Chronicle, an anonymous hacker posted a link to a 125-gigabyte file containing Twitch’s data. The files mentioned in the 4 channel reviewed by the news site are available for public download.
An anonymous hacker claimed that the leak “prompted much disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” because Twitch reported it was a “disgusting poison.”
Twitch has confirmed the breach Posting a statement on Twitter: “We can verify that there has been a breach. Our teams are working urgently to understand this. We will update the community as soon as additional information becomes available. Thank you for being with us.”
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Tech news site The Verge reported that the leaked data did not include Twitch user passwords or address information, but was labeled “part one”.
Twitch users need to change their passwords and enable two-factor visualization in their accounts, said Ekram Ahmed, a cyber security firm Check Point Software Technologies, California. “If ever a source code is leaked it is not good and is potentially harmful,” he said. “This opens a huge door for evil people to steal cracks, lace malware and sensitive information.”
Checkpoint has found that phishing efforts and cyber attacks involving malware are up 40% over 2020. “I strongly recommend that all Twitch users stay alert in the future as cyber attacks continue to increase,” Ahmed said.
Twitch’s three-year payments to streaming creators on leaked data, Twitch’s mobile source code, desktop and video game console apps, and data from Amazon competitors not released to the PC game store, PC World reported.
This is exemplified Twitter thread Security researcher Troy Hunt suggests payment information is accurate.
Interest in the breach has increased since the #twitchleak hashtag was trending on Wednesday. Those following the revelation had some thoughts. A tweet read that the hacker’s position on Twitch was a “disgusting poisonous cesspool”, ironically, 4chan’s history as a home for online hate chats.
Another noted twitch was fun on Facebook during the recent shutdown. “It didn’t age well.”
Twitch celebrates its 10th anniversary in June, with more than 30 million people visiting the site every day
Last month, content creators and others on Twitch boycotted the platform’s failure to stop “hate attacks,” in which automated bot accounts were flooded with hateful comments on a streamer’s chat.
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