Twitch Hack: Streamer Payouts and Steam Competitor Revealed

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Twitch Hack: Streamer Payouts and Steam Competitor Revealed

On an image board, users brag about having hacked the live streaming portal Twitch. The 125 GB data set distributed via torrent is just the beginning. It supposedly contains the source code of the Twitch apps, information about payouts to streamers and references to a Steam competitor from Amazon.

On the notorious 4Chan imageboard, the anonymous group of hackers claims to have gained extensive access to Twitch’s internal data. The data set made available for download is only a first part of it and includes the source code of almost 6,000 internal Git repositories. In addition to the complete code from Twitch.tv and the associated apps, it should also contain payment reports to streamers as well as references to a not yet published Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios.

  • Entirety of twitch.tv, with commit history going back to its early beginnings
  • Mobile, desktop and video game console Twitch clients
  • Various proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch
  • Every other property that Twitch owns including IGDB and CurseForge
  • An unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios
  • Twitch SOC internal red teaming tools (lol)

AND: Creator payout reports from 2019 until now.

Anonymous group on the scope of the Twitch hack

The website Video Games Chronicle (VGC) first heard about the contribution of the hackers reported. Various Twitter users and media representatives have meanwhile rummaged through the data freely available on the Internet. The authenticity of the data was confirmed by, among others The Verge and heise online now confirmed.

As VGC further writes, the sources claim that the data theft took place this Monday and Twitch is aware of the incident. At the moment there is no public statement from the Amazon subsidiary.

Payouts to streamers disclosed

The information on the amount of payouts from Twitch to streamers is attracting particular attention. The “twitch_payouts” folder alone holds 5 GB of payout data in the period from August 2019 to today, writes heise online. Ranking lists for payouts to popular streamers have already been created on Twitter based on the information. Accordingly, the Twitch channel, known for its web series of the same name, leads CriticalRole the list of payouts of over $ 9.6 million. The German-Turkish live streamer MontanaBlack88 ranks 17th with just under 2.4 million US dollars.

Notes on Steam competitor “Vapor”

The dataset also contains references to plans by Amazon Game Studios for a platform for the digital distribution of video games, which is being developed to compete with Steam under the code name “Vapor”.

User should change password

Since user accounts could potentially also be affected by the hack, it is recommended to change the password for your own Twitch account and to activate 2-factor authentication for additional security. To do this, you have to navigate to the settings and then to “Security and Privacy” via the user menu (click on your own avatar).

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However, if the hackers still have access, it may be necessary to change the personal data again.

The editors would like to thank the numerous readers for their information on this news.

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