If you were using the web version of Twitch on Friday morning, you might get a chance to see it re-decorated with a photo of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ face.
For several hours, the extreme close-up of Bezos’s eyes became the new background image for all if not all video game-related people. category page On Twitch, Amazon’s livestreaming-focused subsidiary. The change has since been reverted. Twitch has yet to comment on the subject, and at the time of writing, has not claimed responsibility for the incident.
More Twitch shenanigans going on. All game directory header images on the web version of Twitch now show a closeup picture of Jeff Bezos. It’s been like this since last 2 hours. pic.twitter.com/LcKP9jGMCC
— An Eternal Enigma (@AnEternalEnigma) 8 October 2021
The image, which appears to have been taken from an old viral photo of Bezos, roughly resembles Original “pogchamp” quote On Twitch, it comes two days after Twitch publicly acknowledged what it is officially calling a “security incident” where an undisclosed amount of Twitch’s internal data was leaked online.
According to Twitch’s official blogThe leak was made possible by “an error in a Twitch server configuration change that was later accessed by a malicious third party”.
Twitch does not currently believe that users’ login credentials were exposed in the leak, and it reportedly did not store full credit card numbers on the site. However, it took the move on Thursday morning to reset all of its users’ stream keys, a unique password available through the official Twitch dashboard that is required before a streamer can begin broadcasting.
— Twitch (@Twitch) October 7, 2021
The initial leak was originally posted on a 4chan message board as a 125GB torrent, which was claimed to be data taken directly from Twitch, including information on future projects, payment structures for top Twitch broadcasters, and even That includes the source code of the site. The poster’s inspiration was reportedly to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space”.
Twitch hasn’t made a statement on how much data is legitimate, other than confirming that there was indeed a security breach.
The “pogbezos” (“Jeffchamp?”) e-vandalism has yet to be conclusively linked to the 4chan leak, but it would be a strange coincidence if it didn’t. Much of the social media conversation on Wednesday focused on how much Twitch is paying its top broadcast talent, but not if Twitch’s source code did leaks, potentially jeopardizing the security of the entire site.
Twitch started in 2011 as a gaming-focused spin-off from the seminal streaming website Justin.tv. It was later acquired by Amazon in 2014 for $970 million, and over the years, has become the largest platform for online broadcasting.
While the livestreaming sector is larger than many people realize, with several dozen platforms operating in the space, Twitch has nearly six times the audience share of every other platform combined. That commanding lead has garnered a lot of unwanted attention for Twitch, however, including new legislation, several DMCA strikes from the American music industry, and now the occasional hacktivist.