Gaming streaming service Twitch has confirmed that it has suffered a major data breach. This was because a hacker was able to access its servers due to a configuration change. It is said that the company is working with urgency to ascertain the extent of the issue and it will update the community as soon as additional information is available. In the meantime, users are urged to try and change their passwords as investigation as to whether login details were exposed is still ongoing. Twitch, which is owned by Amazon confirmed the data breach issue on Twitter saying that a hacker was able to access data that was mistakenly exposed to the internet due to an error in a Twitch server configuration change that was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party.
The company then assured that its teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of the matter and it will update the community as soon as additional information is available. It however stated that there is no indication that login credentials have been exposed, and that full credit card numbers were not exposed. To be safe, streamers and users are urged to urgently change their passwords.
The company’s statement came after an anonymous individual reportedly released more than 120 gigabytes of Twitch data on the online forum 4chan, including what they claim was the platform’s source code and data on how many top streamers on the service get paid.
Twitch blames major data breach on server error.
The data breach suffered by Twitch will be damaging for the game streaming service either way and particularly for creators who rely on Twitch to keep their earnings and information secure.
Amazon bought Twitch in 2014 in a deal of $970 million. It is one of the most popular games streaming platforms, with millions of streamers and tens of millions of users.