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'Potentially Disastrous' Data Breach Hits Livestreaming Site Twitch

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Independent cybersecurity researchers said they were analyzing the data released and combing the so-called dark web in order to figure out what had happened.

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Twitch, the live-video site popular with gamers, said on Wednesday that it had endured a data breach that security researchers believe may have provided sweeping insight into the platform's computer code, security vulnerabilities and payments to its content creators.

Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, confirmed that it had been breached hours after a user posted what the user claimed was an enormous trove of Twitch data onto the anonymous message board website 4chan. The user said the 128 gigabyte file was only the first part of the leak.

The user said the file contained, among other items, the history of Twitch's source code; proprietary software development kits; an unreleased competitor to Steam, an online games store; programs Twitch was using to test its own security vulnerabilities; and a list of the amount of money that each of the site's streamers has earned since 2019.

"Find out how much your favorite streamer is really making!" the user posted. "Jeff Bezos paid $970 million for this, we're giving it away FOR FREE."

From The New York Times
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