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Twitch Speaks on a Large-Scale Hacking Attack

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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The American video live streaming service, Twitch has taken through its Twitter page to speak about the large-scale hacking attack.

Recall that several media platforms had previously reported that the Amazon Twitch live broadcast was hacked, leaking the source code, user comment history, and detailed financial records. Twitch stated that due to an error in the configuration of the Twitch server, it was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party, and data was leaked to the Internet.

“We’ve discovered that certain data was exposed to the internet as a result of a Twitch server configuration modification issue, which was then accessed by a malicious third party.” The Twitter post reads

However, the American video live streaming service maintained that their teams are working with urgency to investigate the incident.

In their wordings: “We’re still trying to figure out the full impact of the inquiry because it’s still ongoing. We recognize that this situation has raised some concerns, and we’d want to address a few of them here while our investigation continues. We have no evidence that login credentials have been leaked at this time. We are still looking into it.”

As a result, manually updating the software to start the new streaming media may be required depending on the broadcast software used by the user. Users of Twitch Studio, Streamlabs, Xbox, PlayStation, and the Twitch mobile app are not required to take any action.

“Twitch Studio, Streamlabs, Xbox, PlayStation, and Twitch Mobile App users should not need to take any action for your new key to work.

OBS users who have connected their Twitch account should also not need to take any action. OBS users that have not connected their Twitch account to OBS will need to manually copy their stream key from their Twitch Dashboard and paste it into OBS. For all others, please refer to specific setup instructions for your software of choice.” It added.

An unknown poster on the 4chan message board posted a 125GB seed file claiming to include all of Twitch’s content and submission history. Additionally, there is unreleased source code for Vapor, a Steam-based project that Amazon has not shared.

Twitch operates as a subsidiary of Amazon that focuses on live video game streaming, including esports competitions broadcasts.


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