Twitch, the popular streaming platform, is the victim of a massive hack. An anonymous hacker leaked source code, secret projects, payment information, etc. Users are advised to make password changes and secure their accounts properly.
Over 125 GB of data stolen from company Twitch was posted on the 4chan discussion boards. They are distributed in more than 160 compressed archives which contain “Red Team” tools used by Twitch to audit the level of security of its platform.
It seems that the hacked data is perfectly genuine. Some journalists and researchers confirm this. According to the announcement posted on 4chan, it contains three years of information on payments to creators, source code for Twitch. tv with a history of commits dating back to its inception, client software for mobile, PC. And video game consoles. A secret product has also been discovered, competing with Steam, Valve’s video game distribution platform. Named “Vapor”, this product is developed by Amazon Game Studios. That’s not all, as it also contains information about other products and services such as Curse Forge, SDKs, and internal AWS tools used by Twitch.
The Twitch community insulted by a hacker
Many Twitch streamers have complained that they have suffered a wave of harassment and received hate messages for ethnic reasons. Certain personal information of the players is sometimes displayed on the platform.
Recognizing this phenomenon, the company is trying earnestly to stop it. It has therefore strengthened its moderation tool by allowing creators to ask viewers for their phone numbers and email addresses. Unfortunately for the service, this is not what the hacker expected. It does appear that his attack was an act of revenge and punishment. The cybercriminal posted on his page to indicate that this act of piracy is intended to inspire more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space, as the Twitch community is a “disgusting and toxic cesspool.”
How to secure your account on Twitch?
In their press release, the service specifies that the login credentials have not been exposed. It reassures users that full credit card numbers are not recorded by Twitch. However, it appears that this leak is only the first part of a series of data releases. Files containing information about user identities and Twitch authentication mechanisms as well as administrator management tools are said to be in torrents.
Taking this information into account, it is recommended that you secure your Twitch account by changing the password and enabling two-factor authentication. It is also advisable to use a strong and unique password for banking information.
How you can prevent these kinds of thefts
If you want to protect your Twitch account, it is recommended that you change the password and enable two-factor authentication. A strong unique password should also be used for banking information like credit cards or bank accounts!