The morning October 6th 2021, Twitch had reportedly had its source code, creator payouts, and user information leaked following a breach from a group of hackers. The source code leaked included a 125 gb file which included the creator payouts and source code of the site.
The hackers found a 126GB repository and found the payout figures for almost 2.4 million streamers. The hackers said that the leak, which includes source code from almost 6,000 internal Github repositories.
The hackers intentions are unclear but they stated that Twitch’s community is a “disgusting toxic cesspool.” Which could be related to recent hate raids that prompted streamers to take a day off in protest. Twitch has previously said that it’s trying to stop the hate raid problem but that it wasn’t a “simple fix.”
It’s not clear yet how attackers could have stolen such a large amount of data, especially considering that Twitch is owned by Amazon, which operates one of the largest web-hosting companies in the world.
Twitch released a statement on Twitter saying, “Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this,” the company wrote. “We will update the community as soon as additional information is available.”
However as much as the Twitch data leak affects the company negatively it more so affects streamers and customers that used the platform. Earnings for streamers should be private and having that out in public can be embarrassing or discouraging for streamers especially on a platform that promises confidentiality.