Twitch, Amazon’s live streaming e-sports platform, blamed a data breach on “an mistake” in server configuration update on Wednesday, saying it was still reviewing the impact.
According to Video Titles Chronicle, which broke the storey first, an unknown hacker claimed to have disclosed Twitch data, including information on the company’s source code, clients, and unannounced games.
The nearly six-hour outage earlier this week, which stopped the company’s 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media and messaging services, was also blamed on a “faulty configuration change” caused by a mistake during routine maintenance on the company’s network of data centres.
The issue, according to the social media behemoth, was not caused by malevolent behaviour.
There was no indication that user login details had been disclosed, according to Twitch. The corporation also stated that it does not save full credit card information.
According to the Video Games Chronicle, the Twitch hacker’s goal was to “promote more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space.”
According to the report, some 125GB of data was exposed, including information on Twitch’s best paid video game streamers since 2019, including a $9.6 million payout to “Dungeons & Dragons” voice actors and $8.4 million to Canadian streamer xQcOW.
“Twitch leak is real. Includes significant amount of personal data,” cyber security expert Kevin Beaumont tweeted.
Twitch has grown in popularity among musicians and video gamers, with over 30 million daily visitors. Users can interact with them while live streaming material.
Users boycotted the platform earlier this year for not doing enough to stop abuse, and it has previously taken steps to ban users for violations like hate-group participation and genuine threats of mass violence.