Twitch source code exposed in massive hack
A hacker has released a 125-GB torrent containing streaming platform Twitch's source codes and user payouts.
Driving the news: The leak, first reported by VGC, appears to be from a 4chan poster who released a torrent file to the message board.
That drop includes:
- Source code for the Amazon-owned company with comment history, as well as source code for the desktop, mobile and console clients.
- Information for creator payouts dating from 2019.
- An unreleased Steam competitor by Amazon Game Studios.
- Code related to proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services the company uses.
- Internal company security tools.
The Verge reports that part of the leak includes code "as recent as this week."
The big picture: The hacker called it an effort to "foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space," adding that Twitch's community "is a disgusting toxic cesspool."
- The company has been in the spotlight in recent months for its inability to fight bad actors on the platform and protect marginalized streamers from coordinated attacks called "hate raids."
- The leak is apparently labeled as "part one," suggesting that more data could still be released.
Twitch did not reply to a request for comment.