Twitch confirms massive 4chan leak is a genuine data breach - Get2Gaming

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Source codes and user payouts leaked by an anonymous hacker in a 128GB torrent.

Twitch has confirmed that the data breach is, indeed, authentic. Yesterday, October 6th, a user on 4chan posted a 125GB torrent link, claiming 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 publicly available to download, as verified by VGC, The Record, and more.

The leaked Twitch data reportedly includes:

  • The entirety of Twitch’s source code, back to its early beginnings
  • Creator payout records from 2019
  • An unreleased Steam competitor named Vapor, from Amazon Game Studios
  • Mobile, desktop, and console Twitch clients
  • Proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch
  • Information relating to Twitch’s other properties, including IGDB and CurseForge
  • Twitch’s internal ‘red teaming’ tools – designed to improve security by having staff pretend to be hackers

Twitter uses have started combing the 125GB of leaked info. One user claims that the leak includes encrypted passwords.

It is recommended that you change your Twitch password and set up two-factor authentication. If you were using your Twitch password for any other sites, it’s best to change those as well.

Here’s how to turn on two-factor identification:

Log on to Twitch, click your avatar and choose Settings.
Go to Security and Privacy, then scroll down to the Security setting.
If you haven’t already, you will be able to activate two-factor authentication from here. You’ll need your phone to follow the instructions.

As always, stay safe online and be careful which sites you give your personal data. Avoid reusing password and email combinations on multiple sites, and keep your personal data as private as possible.

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