Thursday, April 18, 2024

All of Twitch has reportedly been leaked

Update 5:00 pm UK: Twitch has confirmed that there has been a breach that has led to information being leaked. In a statement made on Twitter, they stated: “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.”

Original article: Much like a pipe suddenly groaning at the weight rushing through it, Twitch having all of its essential information – including Streamers details like their passwords and revenue – leaked to the world doesn’t bode well.

Video Games Chronicles reports that a hacker – who has, obviously, chosen to remain anonymous – claims that they’ve hacked into Twitch and leaked “the entirety” of the streaming platform. This means everything from the full source code, encrypted passwords, creator payouts, prop SDKs, and so much more. It’s a hack that, essentially, affects everyone using the platform, so we advise that you go change your password even if you haven’t used the platform for years.

According to VGC, the hacker posted a 125GB torrent link to 4chan on Wednesday, where the hacker states the leak was released into the world in order to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space”. The reason? Because Twitch’s community is a “disgusting toxic cesspool”. The publication reports that – thanks to an anonymous source – Twitch have known about the hack and believes the data was obtained “as recently as Monday.”

The news has also found its way onto Twitter, with user Sinoc229 tweeting that the entire website has been leaked, including encrypted passwords, and various console/phone versions of the website. “Might wana change your passwords.” They said.

VGC has confirmed that the leak is real, is still on 4chan, and is accessible to everyone who wants to download the file. The publication also confirms that the data leaked goes back to Twitch’s early beginnings, and even comes with comment history.

Other data leaked includes creator payout reports of 2019, information of an unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios with the codename of Vaporware, and even Twitch’s internal ‘red teaming’ tools – tools that Twitch staff use in order improve security.

This story is still ongoing, but we’ll update as soon as Twitch has released a statement.

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart specializes in queer fandom, video games and tabletop, having started her career writing for numerous websites like The Verge, Polygon, Input Magazine and more. Her goal now is to boost LGBTQ+ voices in the video games industry.