Amazon’s Twitch Hacked, Exposing Source Code and Payment for Video Game Streamer
Amazon.com Inc.’s video game streaming platform, Twitch, has been attacked by an anonymous hacker.
The individual claims to have exposed sensitive source code and payment details to content creators, according to multiple media reports. Twitch has confirmed the breach and said it will provide updates when it has more information.
The leak also revealed Amazon’s development of a digital game distribution platform, a potential challenger to Valve Corp’s dominant Steam storefront. Bloomberg has previously reported on Amazon’s plans for a digital game store.
The hacker posted a link with 125 gigabytes of data to 4Chan, the internet mailbox backed by conspiracy theorists. The hacker said the purpose of the leak was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space,” which he described as a “disgusting toxic sump,” according to the website. Video Games Chronicle industry.
“Every time the source code is leaked, it’s bad and potentially disastrous,” said Ekram Ahmed, spokesperson for Check Point Software Technologies, a cybersecurity firm. “This opens a huge door for criminals to find loopholes in the system, create malware and potentially steal sensitive information. I highly recommend all Twitch users to exercise caution in the short term as cyber attacks are on the increase. “
Seattle-based Amazon acquired Twitch in 2014. Since then, it has tried to combine it with other Prime services, like Amazon Music and Prime Gaming, formerly known as Twitch Prime.
Twitch is the premier broadcaster of video gameplay, a live streaming platform that attracts millions of viewers. The company gives streamers a share of the ad revenue and sometimes finds itself in bidding wars with rivals like Google’s YouTube for the exclusive services of closely watched streamers.
The leaked data allegedly details how much the platform’s top streamers earned via payouts from August 2019 through September 2021, with some channels making as much as $ 9.6 million during the period, according to Gamesindustry.biz. .