Twitch hack: source code and creator payments part of massive leak

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Twitch appears to have been hacked, leaking the source code for the company’s streaming service, an unreleased Steam competitor to Amazon Game Studios, and payment details from the creators. An anonymous poster on the 4chan messaging forum posted a 125GB torrent, which they say includes all of Twitch and its validation history.

The poster claims the leak is designed to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space.” While The edge is not able to immediately check the contents of the leak, Video games chronicle reports that it is legitimate.

The leak is said to include the following:

  • 3 years of details on Creator Payments on Twitch.
  • The entirety of twitch.tv, “with a history of commits dating back to its beginnings.”
  • Source code for Twitch clients for mobile, desktop, and video game console.
  • Code related to proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch.
  • An unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios.
  • Data on other Twitch properties like IGDB and CurseForge.
  • Twitch’s internal security tools.

The leak is tagged as “part one,” suggesting there may be more to come. Video games chronicle reports that the data may have been obtained as early as this week and that Twitch is aware of the breach.

We have reached out to Twitch to comment on this leak and will keep you posted accordingly. Until we have a response, we recommend that you change your Twitch password and enable two-factor authentication on your account if you haven’t already.

Twitch has recently struggled to contain the continued hatred and harassment. After weeks of hate raids, some Twitch streamers took a day off in August to protest the company’s lack of action. Twitch responded to the #DoBetterTwitch movement, and it’s a hashtag the anonymous hacker used today to promote the leak.

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