Twitch Suffers From Massive Data Breach as Entire Source Code Leaks
Amazon-owned streaming giant Twitch has reportedly been hit with a hack and had its source code, internal security tools, and data on how much it pays creators leaked online.
Video Games Chronicle first reported details on the leak earlier today, explaining that an anonymous user posted a link to a 125GB torrent to 4chan yesterday, containing all of Twitch’s source code, comments going back to its inception, and more.
“We can confirm a breach has taken place. Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this,” a Twitch spokesperson said. “We will update the community as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for bearing with us.”
The person who posted the leak on 4chan wrote that the purpose of the hack was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space.”
Labeled as “part one,” the hacker implies they have more information than what’s already been shared. Three years of creator payout data — which lists out gross earnings for the site’s top streamers — was published. Multiple streamers have said on Twitter that payout information published as part of the leak matches their analytics. Payout information for 10,000 streamers has been published, with top channels earning hundreds of thousands of dollars each month, per the data leaked.
Source code for Twitch clients on mobile, desktop, and game consoles are also part of that leak, as well as “the entirety of twitch.tv,” a report from The Verge said, “with commit history going back to its early beginnings.” Commit history is a compiled archive of changes and revisions made to the site.
The Verge also reported that “code related to proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch,” an Amazon Game Studios Steam competitor, data on other Twitch-owned properties, and security tools have been published as part of the leak. People on Reddit are combing through the leaked information and posting their findings, like data related to a Twitch Easter egg that awards players a golden Kappa emote.
“Jeff Bezos paid $970 million [USD] for this, we’re giving it away FOR FREE,” the apparent hacker gloated alongside a picture they posted of a baffled-looking Bezos.