Twitch was breached


Courtesy of: LBC

Jason Yarmy, Staff Reporter

Twitch is a streaming platform similar to YouTube except it is mainly used for streaming. Streaming is a popular job and can make money as viewers can donate money to their favorite streamer or become a member to better support that person.Twitch has faced many problems in its past, however none of them have ever been this big. An anonymous hacker managed to hack into Twitch remotely and made a copy of about 125 GB of data from their source code and files. The data includes: the entirety of Twitch’s source code with commit history, in the hackers words: “going back to its early beginnings”, Twitch internal ‘red teaming’ tools (designed to improve security by having staff pretend to be hackers), and a lot of encrypted passwords. These sets of data contain the backbone of Twitch and can cause vulnerabilities in their platform. It can cause hackers to be able to bypass a lot of Twitch’s built-in restrictions and lead to more hacks and breaches in the future. More leaks contain information about mobile, desktop, and console Twitch clients, Proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch (how they build their code), every other property that Twitch owns including IGDB and CurseForge, and an unreleased Steam competitor, codenamed Vapor, from Amazon Game Studios. This is big information that is providing a lot of information about the future of Twitch and PC gaming all together. This has caused many divides in the Steam gaming community as well as some saying that Twitch may be better than Steam. Meanwhile, some people are saying it will never be as good as Steam.

These leaks have been confirmed to be 100% authentic by Twitch themselves, and they have stated that they are making efforts to fix everything that they can. This includes the final major leak, creator payout reports from 2019 to present date. This is a very big deal as it puts a lot of Twitch streamers in danger to bad people and scammers. They are also put at a greater risk to cyber attacks and attempts to hack and steal from them. Twitch on average only comprises 10-25% of a streamer’s average salary, as reported by some of the most paid streamers on twitch, such as xQcOW and ImDontai. The rest of a streamer’s income comes from a platform like streamlabs, where their viewers interact by donating and using a text to speech to talk to their favorite streamer. The numbers for the top 100 most paid streamers on Twitch range an income of $800k-$1.4M.