Twitch Breach: Anonymous Hacker Claims to Have Leaked Data

Amazon’s live-streaming esports platform Twitch said Wednesday it was hit by a data breach, without providing further details.

An anonymous hacker claimed to have leaked data from Twitch, including information related to the company’s source code, customers, and unreleased games, according to the Video Games Chronicle, which first reported news of the hack.

Twitch confirmed the breach and said its “teams are urgently working to understand the extent of this.”

The company declined to comment further, saying it will “update the community as soon as additional information is available.” Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The hacker’s motive was “to foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space,” according to the Video Games Chronicle report.

Around 125GB of data was leaked, including information on Twitch’s highest paid video game streamers since 2019, such as a payment of $ 9.6 million (approximately Rs. 70 million rupees) to voice actors for the popular game “Dungeons & Dragons “and $ 8.4 million (roughly Rs. 62 crore) to Canadian broadcaster xQcOW, according to the report.

“The Twitch leak is real. It includes a significant amount of personal data,” cybersecurity expert Kevin Beaumont tweeted.

Twitch, an online esports platform with more than 30 million average daily visitors, has become increasingly popular with musicians and video gamers, where they interact with users while streaming live content.

The platform, which was boycotted earlier this year by users for not doing enough to block harassment, previously made a move to ban users for crimes such as belonging to hate groups and credible threats of mass violence.

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