Twitch experiences major data leak
On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Twitch – one of the world’s biggest gaming streaming platforms owned by Amazon – confirmed a massive data breach after it was reported by Video Games Chronicles.
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.
— Twitch (@Twitch) October 6, 2021
The confirmation came soon after an anonymous individual posted over 120 gigabytes of data on 4chan. The leaked data contained what the perpetrator called the platform’s source code, as well as information on how much some of Twitch’s top streamers earn.
Even though the legitimacy of the data is still not confirmed, some of the streamers affected by the leak did confirm that it was completely accurate:
i looked at one revenue file to validate if this is legit… literally 100% match to my analytics.. ad revenue, etc…
— Tempo | Big Jon™ 🎮 💪👑 (@BigJon06) October 6, 2021
Currently, Twitch is said to be conducting a thorough investigation into the data breach and the extent of the information leaked and users affected. Out of precaution, the streaming platform has also reset everyone’s stream keys:
Out of an abundance of caution, we have reset all stream keys. You can get your new stream key here: https://t.co/Lby1wfS0Ss. For more information, please visit the Twitch blog: https://t.co/JDXlpO0pY4
— Twitch (@Twitch) October 7, 2021