Twitch, a popular online video service used by many for streaming, has suffered a data breach today that has resulted in over 125GB of data becoming leaked and posted online. Some of this data includes future plans for both Twitch and its parent company, Amazon.
Some of the leaked information supposedly contains details surrounding three years’ worth of information on payments made to content creators within the platform, as well as the company’s entire commit history, security tools, and source code covering the Twitch website, apps, and more.
We can confirm a breach has taken place. Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for bearing with us.
— Twitch (@Twitch) October 6, 2021
It also contains details on Amazon Game Studios and its plans to roll out a platform to challenge the likes of Steam. Looking to create a video game storefront and community with a similar approach/design. Therefore, if competitors aren’t already wise to Amazon’s plans to move further into the industry, they are likely paying attention now.
The hacker released the 125GB of information to 4chan, downloadable via torrent file, and hints that there could be more data not yet released. Nothing has been confirmed yet that any of the leaked information contains information on registered users. Nonetheless, if you do have a Twitch account, it would be wise to change your password just in case.
Some security-related services/tools have already begun reaching out to users to advise the same. For example, Dashlane, a popular password management service has advised that its users consider changing their Twitch login details. There is nothing wrong with going the extra mile in making sure your data is safe.