The entirety of Twitch would have been disclosed
An anonymous hacker claims to have disclosed all of Twitch, including its source code and user payment information.
The user posted a 125GB torrent link on 4chan, saying the leak was intended to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” because “their community is a disgusting toxic cesspool.”
VGC did not download the entire torrent and of course is not linked to it, but can verify its apparent legitimacy as the information listed in the 4chan message appears to be in the torrent.
- All Twitch source code with comment history “dating back to its early days”
- 2019 Creator Payment Reports
- Mobile, desktop and console Twitch clients
- Proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch
- “All other properties that Twitch owns,” including IGDB and CurseForge
- New Steam competitor, codenamed Vapor, from Amazon Game Studios
- Twitch’s internal red-teaming tools (designed to improve security by making staff masquerade as hackers)
Some Twitter users started browsing the leaked 125 GB of information, with one claiming the torrent also includes encrypted passwords and recommending users change their passwords for added security.
The torrent would also include Unity code for a game called Vapeworld, which appears to be chat software based on Amazon’s new Steam competitor, Vapor.
The person responsible for the anonymous leak said this was only the first part of the content that needed to be disclosed, but did not specify what he planned to post as well.
Twitch has regularly found itself under fire from creators and users who believe the site is not taking enough action against problematic members of the Twitch community.
Last month, a group of Twitch streamers called on other channels and viewers to boycott the site for 24 hours in response to the hate raids.
On the day the campaign was initially announced, Twitch posted a thread on Twitter explaining that he was trying to stop the heinous raids but that it was not “a simple solution”.
“No one should have to endure malicious and hateful attacks based on who they are or what they represent,” he said. “This isn’t the community we want on Twitch, and we want you to know that we’re working hard to make Twitch a safer place for creators.
“Hate spam attacks are the result of bad, highly motivated actors and don’t have a simple solution. Your reports have helped us take action – we’ve continuously updated our banned word filters site-wide to help prevent variations on hate speech and remove bots when they are identified.
“For months, we’ve been developing chain-level ban evasion detection and account enhancements to combat this malicious behavior. However, as we work on solutions, the bad actors are working in parallel to find ways around them – which is why we can’t always share the details.