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News other 06 October 2021, 14:39

author: Hubert Sledziewski

Twitch Hacked - Leak Reveals Streamer Earnings and Plan to Compete With Steam

An anonymous hacker leaked the source code of Twitch. Among the 125 GB of data were also the earnings of major streamers using the service. The amounts are staggering.

Today, an anonymous hacker released a torrent file on 4chan, enabling users to download the full source code of the Twitch platform, as well as data on the earnings of people who stream on it. The leak - if you can call it that - is to "cause more disruption and competition among online video uploaders" because "their community is one big toxic cesspool."

VGC confirmed the credibility of the data. Twitch's owners are supposed to be aware of the problem, as the protocol breach was supposed to have occurred on Monday, but so far they have not responded in any way. Which is surprising when we see what exactly is supposed to be in those 125GB of data:

  • Twitch's entire source code, including comment history "going back to the early days";
  • Reports on creator payouts from 2019 to 2021;
  • Data of the mobile, PC and console versions of Twitch;
  • Proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch;
  • "Any other property that Twitch owns," including data from IGDB.com and CurseForge.com;
  • As-yet undisclosed Vapor platform from Amazon Game Studios, which is intended to be a competitor to Steam;
  • Twitch's internal "red team" pentesting tools;
  • Encrypted user passwords (this has not been fully confirmed, but it is recommended to enable two-step authentication).

Particularly dizzying may be the paychecks of popular streamers such as Asmongold, Ninja, pokimane and Amouranth. Take a look at the top 100.

What's more, the anonymous hacker said that this is only the first part of the data. However, we do not know what else was in his possession, or how the Twitch owners will react to all this.

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