Amazon-owned live streaming e-sports platform Twitch on Wednesday blamed “an error” in a server configuration change that may have allowed an alleged hacker to leak sensitive information. The platform said it was still assessing the impact and that it had reset all stream keys, or codes that allow influencers and streamers to connect and publish content for users.
video game chronicle previously reported That an unnamed hacker claimed to have leaked Twitch’s data, including source code and information about its customers, and unreleased games. earlier this week, Facebook was accused”faulty configuration change“During routine maintenance work on its data center network for an approximately six-hour outage that prevented the company’s 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media and messaging services.
The social media giant later confirmed that the error was not due to any malicious activity. “Facebook originally removed themselves from the Internet but they didn’t lose any sensitive information. For Twitch“It was just bad luck,” said Candide Woost, an executive of cybersecurity research at Acronis.
A configuration change, which essentially means routine maintenance changes to the IT infrastructure by turning a network drive on or off or giving it a new name, possibly allowing a third party to access Twitch’s data, Vuest he said. Twitch, a popular platform among video gamers where they interact with users while live streaming content, said there was no indication of any risk of user login credentials. The platform also said that it does not store full credit card details.
As the Video Game Chronicle reports, the Twitch hacker aimed to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space”. About 125GB of data was leaked, including details such as Twitch’s highest-paid video game streamer since 2019. The report said that the voice actors of the popular game “Dungeons & Dragons” were paid $9.6 million and Canadian streamer xQcOW was paid $8.4 million.
“The Twitch leak is real. Contains significant amounts of personal data,” tweeted cyber security expert Kevin Beaumont. Twitch, with over 30 million average daily visitors, has become increasingly popular with musicians and video gamers.
The platform, which was boycotted earlier this year for not doing enough to stop harassment by users, previously took a step to ban users for crimes such as hate-group membership and credible threats of mass violence Was.