Giant streaming platform Twitch has had a tough 24 hours or so following a huge data breach that had most of its code leaked online. A huge cache of the site’s source code repositories, creator payouts and other internal data were published online, as confirmed by the company.
In a tweet confirming the breach, Twitch stated, “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.”
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
Interestingly, the leaker seemed courageous enough to confirm the breach while listing what exactly they were able to siphon from the site. This includes unreleased software and allegedly, the company’s red team tools.
Streamers, who stand as the main victims, were quick to let the platform know based on the early reports of an apparent breach that had payout figures also leaked.
As reported, the data contains payouts for each Twitch user, some of which are in the six-figure zone and more.
What’s odd is that this comes about a day after Facebook and its sister services suffered a six-hour outage that was seemingly the result of an attack. Luckily, there was no data leaked online as it has happened with Twitch. So, it definitely should be a time for other social media networks to make sure they are as secure as possible.
The data breach also comes exactly a month after Twitch streamers took September 1 to protest the company’s leniency towards “hate raid”. This is where bots are used to bombard streamers with hate messages during live sessions.