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Twitch's Massive Data Leak Revealed How Much Streamers Make And Its Source Code


On 6 October, an anonymous 4chan user shared out a 135GB torrent link on the site which includes internal Twitch information, clearly the streaming company suffered a massive data leak by an anonymous hacker.


On Twitter, Twitch confirmed that the breach has taken place, "Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for bearing with us."


According to the post, the hacked Twitch data information includes:

  • The "entirety" of the Twitch.tv source code from "almost 6,000 internal Git repositories", including comment history "goimg back to its early beginnings."

  • Mobile, desktop, and console Twitch clients

  • Proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch

  • Properties that Twitch owns, like IGDB and CurseForge

  • "Vapor", which is an unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios

  • Internal "red teaming" tools, which are used by employees to test the platform's security by emulating attacks from hackers

  • Twitch creator payment reports from 2019 to current day

Apparently, only 81 creators have made more than US$1 million directly from Twitch. But do take note that the reports only included direct payments from Twitch and not third-party sponsorships, platforms, donations, or merchandise sales.

We're wondering if the data leak was due to a boycott of the streaming platform from inaction over harassment and hate. What do you think about this?



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