Twitch, the live video site popular with gamers, said Wednesday that it suffered a data breach that security researchers believe may have provided insight into the code. platform’s computing power, security holes, and payments to its content creators.
Confirmation by Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, that it was breached hours after a user posted what they believe to be a huge trove of Twitch data to the anonymous message board website 4chan. Users said the 128 gigabyte file was just the first part of the leak.
The user said the file contains a history of Twitch’s source code, among other items; proprietary software development kits; an unreleased competitor to Steam, an online game store; the program Twitch is using to test its own security holes; and a list of how much each of the site’s streamers have earned since 2019.
“Find out how much your favorite streamer is actually earning!” user posted. “Jeff Bezos paid $970 million for this, we are giving it away for FREE.”
Twitch did not respond to a request for comment on the details of the breach. “Our teams are working urgently to understand the extent of this,” the company wrote on Twitter. “We will update the community as soon as we have more information.”
Ekram Ahmed, a spokesman for Check Point, a cybersecurity company, said that the company itself “strongly suspects” that Twitch’s code was indeed leaked, which is “potentially harmful.”
“It opens a huge door for crooks to find cracks in the system, create malware and potentially steal sensitive information,” he said.
The incident caused the streamer community on Twitch to panic.
Kaitlyn Siragusa, known to her 4.4 million followers as Amouranth, said in a text message that it was “quite shocking that so much information could be breached”. Saqib Zahid, who streams to his 2.8 million followers as Lirik, said in a direct message on Twitter that the incident was “disappointing”, but he was “not surprised.” Natalia Mogollon, known by her nickname Alinity online, said via a direct message on Twitter that her reaction was “disappointment”.
And Félix Lengyel, one of the highest earners and most notable personalities on the platform, simply capitalized with the tweet: “HEY @TWITCH EXPLAIN?”
According to the income list that cannot be independently verified, several notable figures have made millions of dollars since 2019. Several streamers confirm their numbers are accurate – although these Others object to the data.
Scott Hellyer, a streamer of tehMorag, tweeted: “All the data in there is 100% correct about the payment value information. “This is real and will affect people for years.”
Another streamer, Hasan Piker, predicts people will be angry about how much money the listing says he has earned.
4chan users included the hashtag #DoBetterTwitch, a variation of the hashtag #TwitchDoBetter that has been used by members of the Twitch community in recent months following a rise in so-called hate attacks, in where users bombard live streamers, especially women and people of color, with abusive and derogatory messages.
Independent cybersecurity researchers say they are analyzing data and scraping the so-called dark web to find out what happened.
“The Twitch leak is real. Including significant amounts of personal data,” tweeted Kevin Beaumont, a cybersecurity researcher. “If the people involved really want to fight toxicity in the game, they might want to look in the mirror because that kind of leak is malicious behavior.”