- Anonymous hacker claims to have leaked entire streaming platform Twitch
- A message accompanying the files said they were being leaked to “promote greater disruption and competition in the online video streaming space”.
- The link also claimed that it included details of payments made to creators.
An anonymous hacker has claimed that he leaked the entirety of the streaming platform Twitch, including the source code that forms the foundation of the online service.
A message accompanying the files said they were being leaked to “promote greater disruption and competition in the online video streaming space”.
The link, which was posted on messaging platform 4chan on Wednesday, included details of payments made to creators on the platform, code for its mobile, desktop and game console client apps as well as a wide range of other internal software. claimed to. and business details.
The Amazon-owned streaming platform has yet to confirm the breach or respond to a request for comment on the issue.
An unnamed hacker has claimed to have leaked the entirety of streaming platform Twitch, including the source code that formed the foundation of the online service.
What is Twitch?
Twitch is a live streaming site popular with gamers that lets you share live gameplay for others to watch and comment on in real time.
You can also watch playback of the game and chat with other gamers.
You can’t join live games on Twitch but you can talk to other users who are watching the game in real-time.
According to reports from Video Game Chronicle (VGC) and The Verge, the leaked data is legitimate and includes code that was as recent as this week, suggesting that Twitch’s hack could have happened in the recent past.
Reports suggest the leak did not include personal or password information on Twitch users, but some have noted that the leak has been labeled ‘Part One’, suggesting that the leaks were obtained as part of the breach. The information may still be released.
Online security experts have urged anyone with a Twitch account to change their password as a precaution, expressing concerns especially for the accounts of the millions of young users known to be on the platform.
Tony Neat, CEO of Get Safe Online, said: ‘It has been reported today that the entirety of Twitch has been hacked, with its data now being leaked into the public domain.
‘Whenever a hack happens our sympathies are with those who have been compromised, and when the majority of those affected are children, the impact is heightened.
Twitch is a live streaming site popular with gamers that lets you share live gameplay for others to watch and comment on in real time
Twitch’s top 10 earners
According to the leak, the top 10 earners on Twitch are:
- Leading Role – $9.6 million
- xQcOW – $8.5 million
- Summit1G – $5.8 million
- Tfue – $5.3 million
- Nickmers – $5.1 million
- Ludwig – $3.3 million
- Tim the Tatman – $3.3 million
- Altair – $3.1 million
- Auronplay – $3.1 million
- Song – $3.0 million
‘Parents will be concerned, but there are some actions they can take that can help.
‘First have a conversation with their child to see if they have a Twitch account.
‘If they do so, and with immediate effect, ask them to change their password with immediate effect, using a combination of three unrelated words, replacing certain letters with numbers to enhance their security.
‘If they can, enable two-factor authentication as well.
‘Doing this as soon as possible will ensure that they are protecting themselves as much as possible in light of the current situation.’
Twitch was founded in 2011 and is primarily used by creators to live stream playing video games.
Amazon bought the site in 2014 for $970 million (£714 million), and the platform is estimated to have over 140 million monthly active users.
According to leaked figures, Criticals is the highest-grossing role on the platform, with a gross of $9.6 million.