SF-based gaming site Twitch pretty much had the keys to their kingdom ripped off and posted on 4Chan, and since it’s owned by Amazon… is anything safer?
Those of us who aren’t all intrigued by the hobby of “watching other people play video games for hours” know the San Francisco-based streaming service Twitch as some kind of imitation of YouTube on which we watched this year’s Hunky Jesus contest, Big Freedia’s Pride concert, or the Inside Lands festival that aired live last summer. But those of you who actually use Twitch to watch video game streams (and Hunky Jesus Christ, Why?) you have a very, very big concern today. Video Games Chronicles reported on Wednesday morning that Twitch had been completely hacked, with even all of its site’s source code posted online, and this has since been verified by numerous news outlets and even the site itself.
We can confirm that a violation has occurred. Our teams are working urgently to understand the magnitude. We will update the community as more information becomes available. Thank you for accompanying us.
– Twitch (@Twitch) October 6, 2021
If you have a Twitch account, it is highly recommended that you change your password, set up two-factor authentication, and change what is known as your “broadcast key”. The information was posted on 4Chan – with further data loss likely to occur – as shown in the below 4Chan screenshot taken by Ars Technica.
In their article, the hacker calls Twitch “a disgusting toxic cesspool, so to foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space, we’ve completely pissed them off.” (“Disgusting toxic sump”? Dude, you’re on 4Chan!)
If you’re wondering about the equal treatment of streamers on Twitch, there is a “don’t ban” list that contains specific streamers who have special protections. pic.twitter.com/4bExnSGi7b
– Dr Jar ❁ (@spermjar) October 6, 2021
Usernames, passwords and credit card numbers were not displayed. But there is no evidence that these weren’t compromised, and the hacker (s) have indicated that they will drop additional treasures of data. The pirated and released material is confirmed to include all of Twitch’s source code, the same code for an upcoming Steam competitor, and 2019 payouts to Twitch’s highest paid game streamers. The numbers sound staggering, but realize that these are the richest 0.01% of earners. As the thread below details, most employees do not earn minimum wage. And honestly, why should they? Playing video games is not a real job!
Twitch just had a major leak of a lot of things, including their monthly payments to streamers.
Here are a few of the notables (note: this total is just their payout directly from twitch, so it doesn’t include donations, sponsors, merchandise, etc.) pic.twitter.com/wDG0JkJuCx
– SavoirSomething (@ KnowS0mething) October 6, 2021
The hacker also includes the kicker “Jeff Bezos paid $ 970 million for this, we’re giving it away for FREE.” (Amazon bought Twitch in 2014.) What if something Amazon owns can be completely hacked, is something safe? We saw what happened to Facebook on Monday, and it may or may not be related to the Twitch issues, but NBC News tech reporter Olivia Solon notes that “Amazon warehouse workers across the United States were unable to work for at least two hours last night because their internal software crashed and none of their scanners were working. “
In other words …. I’m afraid I can’t do this, Dave.
Related: UC and Stanford Campus Systems both violated major cyberattack [SFist]