It’s been a wild week in the tech sector, between Facebook accidentally deleting itself for most of a day, and now a truly massive leak through Amazon that includes a host of information about Twitch and its users.
The hack, 125 GB worth of data currently being distributed on torrent sites, as first reported by VGC , includes a host of potentially damaging information for both Twitch and its creators:
Literally all of Twitch.tv, including its entire comment history.Twitch source code, and proprietary SDKs and AWS services used by Twitch.The clients for Twitch mobile, desktop and console.Three years of creator payouts, including monthly and yearly totals since 2019.An unreleased Steam competitor called Vapor, made by Amazon.
The hacker does not appear to have released identifying personal information like real names and addresses, but the status of passwords in unknown.It is recommended that at the very least you change your Twitch password, and better yet, turn on two-factor authentication, which can be done under Security and Privacy settings.
The data that will no doubt be the most sought after by the general public is the earnings of various Twitch streamers both on a monthly basis and their grand totals, which is now easy enough to find plastered on social media.Top creators (not going to name them here, as this is still personal information) earn anywhere from $100,000-$700,000 a month, and the data over the last three years has creators earning anywhere from $1 million to nearly $10 million, and this is separate from any other earnings they may have from sponsorships, YouTube channels, etc.Every creator in the top 80 has earned at least $1 million in the past three years.
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It’s unknown what that specific motivation behind the attack was, whether it was just “because they could” or if Twitch was targeted for a specific reason.
Recently, the company has been under fire for not taking enough action against “hate raids,” but it does seem somewhat unlikely that this is linked to that.
Twitch has not issued a statement about the leak at the time of this writing, and I will update if they do, or if I hear back from them.Regardless, this is very much a legitimate hack and again, you should be changing your passwords.It’s unclear just how damaging this will be to the site in the long term, and what other effects this much information getting out there might have.
I’ll update this post with more information when it comes in.Turn on that two-factor authentication in the meantime.
Update : Twitch has finally commented on the leak, confirming it, but this is all they’re saying:
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I’ve been writing about video games, television and movies for Forbes for over 10 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.
I cover all manner of console and PC games, but if it’s about looting or shooting, I’m definitely there.If I’m watching something, it’s usually science fiction, horror or superheroic.I’m also a regular on IGN’s Fireteam Chat podcast and have published five sci-fi novels.