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News hardware & software 11 October 2021, 10:10

author: Bebop

Twitch Leak Was a Matter of Time, Former Employees Say

Twitch has reportedly never paid the utmost attention to security, so the leak didn't surprise its former employees.

The theft of Twitch's source code led to a leak of sensitive data of Amazon's service, including future plans or earnings of popular influencers. The Verge has reached out to to people who say they knew the leak was inevitable. Former employees of the streaming platform supposedly for years pointed out gaps in security but Twitch has not responded to their voices.

Anonymous sources emphasize that management of the platform has always been more focused on finances than security issues and responded to all reports very sluggishly. The platform also avoided official information about its problems (including keeping silent about the scammers who contacted streamers in 2017).

The employees also had reservations about raids. They were concerned that their introduction could provide room for abuse. In theory, the feature enables popular influencers to share their audience with those just building their following. In reality, it gave rise to hostile raids full of hate speech. The platform's management ignored the warnings because they didn't want to delay the launch of the new feature.

Meanwhile, Twitch is still investigating the leak, blaming a bug in the server configuration change that was used to steal the data.

  1. Twitch - official website
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