Twitch is a live streaming e-sports platform, which is owned by Amazon. They recently blamed “an error” in server configuration change, and added that this might have allowed an alleged hacker to leak sensitive information. This platform said that it was still assessing the impact and that it had reset all stream keys that allow influencers and streamers to connect and publish content for users.
Video Games Chronicle had earlier reported about an anonymous hacker, who had claimed to have leaked Twitch’s data. Those data are such as the source code and information on its clients and unreleased games. Facebook had blamed a “faulty configuration change” during routine maintenance work at its data centers networks for the six-hour outage. This has prevented the company’s 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media. The social media giant later confirmed that the error was not due to any malicious activity.
Candid Wuest, an executive for cyber protection research at Acronis said that the Facebook basically just removed themselves from the Internet. But they did not lose any sensitive information. For Twitch, it was just bad fortune. Wuest stated that a configuration change that is a routine maintenance change of an IT infrastructure from turning a network drive on or off or giving it a new name, possibly allowed a third party to access Twitch’s data.
Twitch is a popular platform among video gamers where they interact with users. They said that there was no indication of any exposure of user login credentials. Also, they stated that they do not store full credit card details. The Twitch hacker’s motive was to foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space. About 125GB of data was leaked, such as the details on Twitch’s highest-paid video game streamers like, a $9.6 million payout to the voice actors of popular game “Dungeons & Dragons” and $8.4 million to Canadian streamer xQcOW.
The Cyber security expert Kevin Beaumont tweeted that the twitch leak is real, which includes significant amount of personal data. Twitch is having over a 30 million average daily visitors. This platform was boycotted earlier this year by users for not doing enough to block harassment. They also had made a move long before, and that is to ban users for offenses such as hate-group membership and credible threats of mass violence.