A Scary Twitch Hack Sent Streamers Reeling
This morning, an released by anonymous hackers what they say is a very large cache of owner data from plucked out forcibly, the popular streaming platform, including Twitch.tv source code and streamers revenue information.
“Jeff Bezos paid $ 970 million for it, we’re giving it away for FREE,” the 4chan poster wrote. Today’s intrusion, described by the original poster as “excessive poggers,” is the most hit on Twitch, acquired by Amazon in 2014.
The leak, first reported by Chronicle of Video Games, reportedly contains 125 GB of data. Along with that data is the source code for Twitch.tv; Twitch mobile, desktop, and game console clients; proprietary SDKs; Twitch-owned properties include Vapor, Steam’s alleged competitor from Amazon Game Studios; and internal security devices. The leak does not appear to contain personal information of streamers or users, but the damage appears to be widespread. The post is titled “twitch leaks part one,” meaning there may be many more to come.
“Anytime source code it is bad and potentially harmful, ”said Ekram Ahmed, spokesman for security firm Check Point. “It opens a huge door for criminals to find system cracks, lace malware, and possibly steal sensitive information.”
The 4chan poster also refers to Twitch’s recent hate attack, in which botmakers are spamming unprotected chats on streamers with more harassment. Speaking of #DoBetterTwitch hashtag (more #TwitchDoBetter), the poster claims that Twitch is a “horrible cesspool.” They write that the leak, which appears to contain proprietary data, is “increasing the complexity and competition in the online video game streaming space.” Introduced by Twitch many new uses to prevent these attacks of hatred, and nabbed two accused of hate violence last month.
Twitch declined to comment on WIRED but confirmed Wednesday morning that a violation had occurred. “Our teams are working with urgency to understand how much it is,” the official Twitch account tweet. “We will update the community as more information becomes available.”
“I want to say I was surprised,” said Avery, a streamer who passes through Littlesiha and does not publicly share his last name for privacy reasons. “It took Twitch two months to find a way to protect unsuspecting creators from being harassed, threatened, and subjected to chatbot attacks. Site security seems like a joke at this point.”
While most of the data appears to be legitimate, there is some debate over the accuracy of streamers ’revenue figures. Some streamers have tweet that their fee numbers are correct, while others claim not. “It’s wrong, for my number,” said popular Twitch personality Asmongold while streaming the new video game on Amazon New world this morning. “It’s harder to fuck up than this,” he told WIRED.
Also streaming on Twitch, Nick “NMP” Polom said, “I feel like I’ve been violated right now.” His audience, numbering in the tens of thousands, took the drop as a one-time meme, donating money that included messages like “You seem to like it more than me. I work at McDonald’s. ”(On Twitter, he WROTE that he “lives now relentlessly SHIT ON my community for the ‘poor.’ THANK YOU @twitch. ”) Although many streamers have expressed extreme concern over the leak, some have made it a joke: Leading streamer“ Sodapoppin ”Morris, ranked 42nd on the revenue number list streamer, begging his audience not to watch it. as true: “I swear I’m one of the richest on the platform,” he joking. “I did even more the WAY.” (For many mainstream streamers, Twitch payments are just one revenue for many.) Streaming on Twitch, Felix “xQc” Lengyel exclaimed, “I tell everyone-it’s a trillionaire with a“ T ‘! “