Update Links to torrents containing 128GB of data apparently taken from Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch have been posted on 4chan.
Without any trace of irony, the anonymous poster described Twitch as “a disgusting toxic cesspool” and data-bound, which they claim contains source code for the Twitch site, other pieces of published and unpublished software and data about payments made to Twitch Creators.
Twitter user @ Sinoc229 posted a long thread detailing the contents of the files. Elliot Padfield from creator “incubator” Padfield Ventures, who also browsed the files, said The register: “I believe the leak is legitimate … the code base appears to be real.”
Padfield was less sure of the gains, which he said would cause a lot of drama. However, a source leak could cost Twitch significantly more in terms of competitive advantage.
Comedian and writer Richard Herring, who was a creator on Twitch thanks in part to the pandemic-induced shutdown of live streaming locations, is in the earnings list. He noted that his figure “seems high” before considering what songs might be mined before an actual payment is made. There is also probably the best part of the two-year earnings in many totals shared on social media.
A breakdown of data shared with The register by Troy Hunt, Microsoft’s regional director and MVP of developer security, showed the apparently leaked payments ranged from August 2019 through this month. Hunt pointed out that the torrent was compressed data and therefore very considerable. He also warned that it “will take some time to sift through and verify.”
As of yet, it does not appear that users’ passwords, addresses or bank details have been disclosed, although the data released includes several zip files purportedly detailing “payments all-income”, with other headings ” devtools “,” cat “and, oddly enough,” kevinbacon “.
Herring didn’t think the leak, while potentially annoying, would prevent him from using Twitch, and he said The register: “For me, it’s just a handy place to try out original ideas (and locked out to give people extra content) and the money is being reinvested into creating more content through our podcast company. “
Neither Twitch nor parent company Amazon responded to our multiple requests for comment and neither had made a public statement on any platform about the issue at the time of publication.
It’s fair to say that his social media orifice, at least, was quick to comment earlier this week.
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Updated to add at 15:32 UTC
Twitch made a declaration: “We can confirm that a breach has taken place. Our teams are urgently working to understand the extent of this. We will notify the community as soon as more information becomes available. Thank you for your patience.”