It is recommended that you change your password immediately, as this information is publicly available.
An anonymous hacker is claiming to have leaked 125GB worth of data from Twitch, including its source code, creator payout reports, and most concerningly, account information such as passwords. Anyone with a Twitch account should change their password right now, and consider enabling two-factor authentication should anyone attempt to access their account. Any other social media account that uses that password should be updated too.
An anonymous source from Twitch confirmed the validity of the leak to VGC, and the information is currently publically available. While most of the information hasn’t been shared outside of its original source, several tweets – which we have not included here to avoid further distributing the leak – clearly share information regarding how much top streamers are paid.
While the anonymous source did confirm that Twitch is aware of the issue, the site is yet to publicly acknowledge the huge breach.
Twitch has been mired in controversy recently, with many creators saying that the service does not do enough to protect them from racist, transphobic, and homophobic abuse. Now, with private information accessed and leaked by an unknown hacker online, this is likely to add to the calls for Twitch to better protect its userbase.
Following months of demands and protests for Twitch to take this abuse seriously, action was slowly being taken. The platform recently announced it is suing two users for “targeting black and LGBTQIA+ streamers with racist, homophobic, sexist and other harassing content”, which breaches its terms of service.
In a statement to Wired, a representative from Twitch commented on the case, saying: We hope this complaint will shed light on the identity of the individuals behind these attacks and the tools that they exploit, dissuade them from taking similar behaviors to other services.”
In addition to this, it introduced tougher chat restrictions which enable streamers to better protect themselves from hate raids. Now, streamers have the option to require everyone in chat to provide a phone number and email address.
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