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Photo: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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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NBC News next Monday will debut a new show for its NBC News Now streaming service called, “NOW Tonight with Joshua Johnson,” starring the former MSNBC anchor who will now work for the streaming service full-time.

Why it matters: It’s the seventh recurring program NBC News has launched for its streaming service in the past year. NBC News executives argue their progress gives them a leg up in the streaming wars.

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UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

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The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.

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This powerful new accelerator looks for keys to the center of atoms

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Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.