Twitch’s source code, creator payouts and more leaked

An anonymous hacker has leaked the entirety of not just Twitch’s source code, but its user payout data as well.

The user posted a massive 125GB torrent link on 4chan last Wednesday, October 6. They stated that they intended to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” with the leak, saying that this was because Twitch’s community was “a disgusting toxic cesspool.”

The leak includes the entirety of Twitch’s source code, including commit history “going back to its early beginnings.” It also contains the source code for Twitch’s mobile, desktop and console clients; SDK’s and internal AWS services used by the company; Twitch properties such as IGDB and CurseForge; internal tools;  and even an unreleased Steam competitor, codenamed Vapor, from Amazon Game Studios.

In addition, the leak also contained creator payout reports from 2019. This has revealed the identityies of the highest-paid streamers on the platform (not counting donations and merchandise sales).

Twitch has since confirmed the leak. “We can confirm a breach has taken place,” reads a message on its official Twitter account. “Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for bearing with us.”

In addition, Twitch has stated that there was “no indication” that users’ login details were exposed, nor were their credit card information taken.

Some Twitter users, however, have claimed that the torrent does contain encrypted passwords. With this in mind, many are now recommending that Twitch users turn on two-factor authentication for their accounts and reset their steam keys.

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