Over the past year, Twitch has come under fire for various controversies. Hateful raids, hottub streams, and channel building have put Twitch in the limelight. Every controversy on its own would be nice, but the problems combined in a single year worry many streamers and viewers alike. Now a new data breach is bringing more negative press towards Twitch and many on the platform are looking at other streaming options. Today, Twitch confirmed that a massive data breach has occurred, leading to the leak of source codes, user payments and passwords. With this violation, users have to change their passwords.
Earlier today, a 4chan user posted a link to a 125 GB zipped folder; in his post, he said the leak was intended to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” because “their community is a disgusting toxic cesspool.” The file is still available for download. Many in the gaming community have started to examine the data to verify its authenticity.
Twitch has confirmed that the leak is genuine:
“We can confirm that a violation has taken place. Our teams are working urgently to understand the magnitude. We will update the community as more information becomes available. Thanks for being with us.
What the violation involves
This data breach revealed the following:
- All Twitch source code with comment history “dating back to its early days”
- 2019 Creator Payment Reports
- Mobile, desktop and console Twitch clients
- Proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch
- “All other properties that Twitch owns,” including IGDB and CurseForge
- New Steam competitor, codenamed Vapor, from Amazon Game Studios
- Twitch’s internal red-teaming tools (designed to improve security by making staff masquerade as hackers)
Secure your account
What this data breach has shown us is that it’s important to enable two-factor authentication. To enable two-factor authentication, log into Twitch, click on your avatar, and choose Settings. Once in settings, select Security & privacy, then scroll down to the Security setting. Select Change two-factor authentication to enable it if it is not already enabled. If not, follow the instructions to activate it, you will need another source of confirmation to activate it. Two-factor authentication is required once a streamer achieves affiliate status.
What he revealed
The leak shows that 81 Twitch streamers have earned over $ 1 million on Twitch since August 2019. In September 2021 alone, xQcOW, Summit1g, loltyler1, hasanabi and ibai were the top 5 paid streamers. Those five people made over 150,000 in September thanks to Twitch alone. Additionally, it shows that Critical Role, xQcOW, Summit1g, Tfue, and NICKMERCS have been getting the most out of Twitch since August 2019.
What do you think of the people on the Top 100 list? Does the amount of money you earn surprise you? Don’t forget to change your passwords!