Source Code exposed during last week’s data breach; Twitch

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Twitch, an Amazon-owned American video streaming platform that focuses on video game live stream, has revealed that the data breach which occurred a week ago on its platform exposed documents from its source code.

The platform, which is used by video gamers for interacting with users while live streaming content, was subjected to a major security breach last week that had exposed a wealth of information related to the website’s source code, unreleased projects, and even how much the top streamers make. It had blamed the breach on an error in the server configuration change.

Server configuration changes are made during server maintenance. A faulty configuration can expose the data stored in the servers to unauthorized access. But, Twitch said in a statement that passwords, login credentials, full credit card numbers, and bank details of users were not accessed or exposed in the breach.

Twitch claimed it was “confident” that the incident affected only a small number of users and that it was contacting those who had been directly impacted. The platform has more than 30 million average daily visitors.

According to the sources, the breach exposed around 125 gigabytes of data, including information on Twitch’s highest-paid video game streamers since 2019, including a $9.6 million payout to “Dungeons & Dragons” voice actors and a $8.4 million payout to a Canadian streamer.

The company stated, “Out of an abundance of caution, we have reset all stream keys.” Users may need to manually update their broadcast software with the new keys to start the next stream, depending on the broadcast software they are using.

The platform added that the users of Twitch Studio, Streamlabs, Xbox, PlayStation, and Twitch Mobile App, as well as the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), do not need to update their keys.

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