Amazon’s Twitch hit with major breach of source code, security tools, streamer payouts, and more

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Amazon-owned livestreaming network Twitch has confirmed it has been hacked, described by a BBC analyst as “Biggest leak I’ve ever seen

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Early Wednesday, an anonymous poster on the infamous 4chan message board put up a torrent that contained 125GB of what it claimed to be internal data from Twitch, allegedly “fostering more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space.” “

At least some of the alleged Twitch data has been confirmed as legitimate, such as information about payments received by several of Twitch’s top streamers. Video Game Chronicle, which was the first outlet of formally break the story, has sources that speculate that the data in the leak could have been obtained as recently as Monday.


Twitch tweeted Wednesday that “a breach has occurred,” but has yet to publicly provide further details.

“We are currently investigating this issue and we will have more to share as additional details go,” a Twitch spokesperson told GeekWire via email.

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The information contained in the leak is surprisingly thorough, and the original poster identified the torrent as “part one”. Taken at face value, anyone who downloads a public torrent will have access to the platform’s source code on all available platforms; Twitch’s internal security and development tools; And a commit history — a full list of changes and revisions — that reaches back to the site’s inception in 2014, years before its acquisition by Amazon.

The leak also includes data from related Amazon properties such as the Gaming Mode site. curse forge And this internet games database (IDGB), as well as information about future projects from Amazon Game Studios. codename in it”Amazon VaporA digital storefront is being built as a potential competitor to Steam for Valve Software.

A particular flashpoint of the breach on social media has been payout information, which revealed how much money Twitch paid its top talent per month during the past two years.

Documentation, including stats for xQc, Shroud, Hasanabi, Pokemon, and Dungeons & Dragons live-play show vital role, only lists direct payments from Twitch. This does not include audience donations, sponsorship deals, or merchandise sales, but will include a streamer’s subscription fee and advertising revenue associated with their channel.

The Twitch leak identifies Critical Role – the self-described “nerd-ass voice actor who sits around and plays Dungeons & Dragons” – as one of the most lucrative broadcasts on the entire network. (important role image)

Some analysts have pointed out that the leak was actually underEstimates the income of top streamers, especially for high-end creators who have cash-on-the-barrelhead exclusivity with Twitch. Other sources such as the BBC have contacted streamers who have confirmed that their earnings details in the leaks are accurate.

Still, Twitch is generally tight-lipped about how much it is paying its professional talent. Having this information in the world can be one of the most damning parts of the leak, as it gives competitors like YouTube Gaming and the upcoming Trovo an idea of ​​how much streamers have to offer, should they be willing to try and hunt. Were exclusive from Twitch.

The leak, at the time of writing, only involves internal data from Twitch, and does not include personal data or passwords from users of the service. Given the amount and type of data that Is However, and the torrent is being identified as “part one” of the leak, it’s still probably worth changing your Twitch password and enabling two-factor authentication if you haven’t already.

Twitch started in 2011 as a gaming-focused spin-off from the seminal streaming website It was later acquired by Amazon in 2014 for $970 million, and over the years, has become the largest player in online livestreaming. Whereas ordinary live-blogging (“just chatting“) has recently become the most popular genre of programming on the site, with much of Twitch’s day-to-day content still centered around live feeds of broadcasters playing various video games.

According to the independent analyst site stream elementTwitch viewers watched 1.9 billion hours of content on the site in August 2021. Its closest competitor, Facebook Gaming, “only” hit 567 million. At its most recent high, in October 2020, approximately 91% of the people who are hosting livestream content are believed to be doing so via Twitch.

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