07 Oct Twitch Hack — The Latest Devastating Data Breach
At the end of September we reported on the increasingly frequent phenomenon of damaging data breaches hitting the headlines — and the danger they pose to citizens affected. Now, another huge one has occurred, this time targeting the Amazon-owned streaming company, Twitch.
Yesterday (6th October), an anonymous hacker released a huge cache of propriety data, totaling 125GB of data and including a Twitch payout list. As seen above, the hacker posted on 4chan: “Jeff Bezos paid $970 million for this, we’re giving it away FOR FREE.” Interestingly, the leaks are labelled “part one” — meaning there may be more to come. Twitch confirmed the hack later in the day.
The data includes:
- Twitch’s source code (which can be used to further penetrate its systems);
- information on Twitch’s mobile, desktop, and game console clients;
- information on Amazon-owned properties including Vapor;
- internal security tools;
- and information on streamers’ revenues, including figures for the highest earners — among them CriticalRole, Canadian xQC, and American Summit1g.
The leak does not appear to contain streamers’ or users’ personal information, but the damage appears extensive and has sent users reeling. Twitch has instructed users to secure financial information, and of course, change their password. It is another reminder of the dire need for serious protection of our online data.
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