Video game streaming service Twitch targeted by massive data leak

Twitch was the target of a massive data breach, with an unidentified hacker leaking 125 gigabytes of data, including source code and user payments, to the online imageboard 4Chan.

 Twitch - video streaming service specializing in computer games (photo credit: FLICKR)
Twitch - video streaming service specializing in computer games
(photo credit: FLICKR)

The video game streaming service Twitch was the target of a massive data breach Wednesday, with an unidentified hacker leaking 125 gigabytes of data, including source code and user payments, to the online imageboard 4Chan, according to PCGamer.

The website added that it was unclear at the time whether user data was exposed, but the hacker's 4Chan post claimed that the leak included code from Twitch's mobile, desktop and console clients, as well as proprietary software development kits (SDKs), payments to content creators and information regarding an unannounced competitor to PC gaming platform Steam.

The lobby of Twitch Interactive Inc, a social video platform and gaming community owned by Amazon, is seen in San Francisco, California (credit: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE / REUTERS)The lobby of Twitch Interactive Inc, a social video platform and gaming community owned by Amazon, is seen in San Francisco, California (credit: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE / REUTERS)

Twitch confirmed the data breach on Twitter Wednesday.

The leak "opens a gigantic door for evildoers to find cracks in the system, lace malware and potentially steal sensitive information,” Ekram Ahmed, a spokesman for cybersecurity company Check Point, told The New York Times.

According to the same report, the information regarding content creators' earnings could not be verified, but it indicated that some users have been paid millions of dollars since 2019.