The Entirety of Twitch Has Been Leaked
Published · Oct 10, 2021
A hacker leaked 125 GB of data from the live streaming platform Twitch, claiming they’ve done so to “foster more disruption.” Twitch confirmed the hack is legitimate, and users began unpacking the data and sharing their findings on Twitter.
The hacker first released the file via a torrent link on 4Chan on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. They referred to the Twitch community as “a disgusting toxic cesspool.” Complaints about streamer fan bases on sites like 4chan and Reddit are common, but recently, things have escalated.
Some Twitch streamers called for a boycott of the platform in early September. This was in response to the prevalence of “hate raids,” with hateful messages flooding users’ chats.
Affected streamers felt that Twitch wasn’t doing enough to solve this. However, the biggest players kept to their usual hours, so the boycott was largely unsuccessful.
Content of the Leak
Twitch confirmed that the leak is legitimate but is still working on understanding the extent of it. People have reported finding encrypted passwords among the files. Seeing as Twitch has over 26.5 million daily users, that’s a lot of potentially compromised accounts.
The hacker also leaked Twitch's source code, which means the service is now open source. This will give budding competitors a huge leg up.
But the earning figures in the leak seem to attract the most interest. These show what various streamers have made from Twitch over the past year. Many have earnings running into the millions.
This is sensitive information that would otherwise only be available to authorities running lengthy background checks. While many are simply interested in the earning figures, some are worried the information could be exploited for the purpose of ID theft.
The hacker promised this is only the first leak but hasn’t hinted at what’s to follow.
In the meantime, Twitch encourages all users to change their passwords and activate two-factor authentication. Password managers and even ID theft protection services for the most concerned users can add an extra layer of protection.
With the info dump in the hands of the general public, it’d be impossible for Twitch to get a lid on it. If the platform can keep ahead of anymore remains to be seen.
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