October 17, 2021

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Has my data been compromised in Twitch leak?

TWITCH has confirmed it has been hacked leaving many users concerned about their data.

The leak seemingly includes earning reports from major Twitch stars and users are worried that passwords have also been exposed.

The supposedly stolen information has been posted on 4chan

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The supposedly stolen information has been posted on 4chanCredit: Getty

Has my data been compromised in Twitch leak?

Global streaming site Twitch has millions of users across the globe who are right to be concerned about the confirmed hack.

It’s currently unclear whether all users are affected as a hacker is claiming to have leaked the ‘entirety’ of the site but Twitch still hasn’t seen indications that any login credentials have been exposed.

A piece of good news is that Twitch said: “full credit card numbers are not stored by Twitch, so full credit card numbers were not exposed.”

However, Twitch is still investigating the full extent of the issue and will continue to update users.

Twitch wrote on its blog: “We have learned that some data was exposed to the internet due to an error in a Twitch server configuration change that was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party. Our teams are working with urgency to investigate the incident.

“As the investigation is ongoing, we are still in the process of understanding the impact in detail. We understand that this situation raises concerns, and we want to address some of those here while our investigation continues.

“At this time, we have no indication that login credentials have been exposed. We are continuing to investigate.”

Twitch hasn’t yet said how you can check if your data has been affected in the breach but we have reached out for comment on this matter.

It’s likely you’ll eventually be informed by Twitch if your data has been compromised.

Right now, users are recommended to change their passwords immediately and look out for any suspicious activity, such as unrecognised purchases.

Twitch has a whole section of its website dedicated to what you can do if you think you account has been compromised.

The steps include changing your password, deleting any payment methods attached to your account and checking the email address associated with your Twitch account has not been changed.

You should also change the password of the email address associated with your account.

Twitch has also said: “Out of an abundance of caution, we have reset all stream keys. You can get your new stream key here: https://dashboard.twitch.tv/settings/stream.”

Jarno Niemelä, principal researcher at F-Secure, told us: “This leak is very serious for Twitch, but the question is what effects this will have for the regular Twitch user.

“As password hashes have leaked, all users should change their passwords, and use 2FA if they are not doing so already.

“But as the attacker indicated that they have not yet released all the information, anyone who has been a Twitch user should review all information they have given to Twitch and see if there are any precautions they need to make so that further private information isn’t leaked.

“And while it won’t help in this case as data has already leaked, users should always be cautious on what kind of information they provide to any social media platform.”

What kind of Twitch data has leaked?

According to VGC, the supposedly stolen information has been posted on 4chan.

That’s an anonymous bulletin board website where anyone can post information.

The hacker claims to have leaked the entirety of Twitch and posted a 125GB file of information.

The hacker has said they plan to reveal more information in future leaks.

This leak is said to include the entirety of Twitch’s source code with comment history “going back to its early beginnings”.

Creator earning reports, information about clients from the app, desktop and console versions of Twitch, “every other property that Twitch owns” and even information about a secret Amazon gaming shop are mentioned by the hacker.

Some Twitter users have been making their way through the 125GB of data available to the public.

One tweeted: “http://Twitch.tv got leaked. Like, the entire website; Source code with comments for the website and various console/phone versions, refrences to an unreleased steam competitor, payouts, encrypted passwords that kinda thing. Might wana change your passwords.”

A list claiming to contain over 10,000 streamers’ earnings has been revealed and it contains information from August 2019 to October 2021.

Streamer Critical Role tops this list by reportedly earning $9.6million (£7million).

How to change your Twitch password

Changing your Twitch password is easy if you use the Password Reset Request tool.

You’ll just need to enter your username and email address and then click a link sent to your email.

You may still want to turn on two-factor authentication so that you also need your phone to access your account.

Go on Twitch and head to Settings.

Then click Security and Privacy and then the Security setting.

Then click Edit Two-Factor Authentication and make sure you’ve got your phone nearby to set up the service.

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