Oct 6, 2021 - Technology

Twitch source code exposed in massive hack

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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.

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