Hundreds of gigabytes exposed online. Twitch suffered a massive computer attack. This massive data hacking is due, according to the American firm, to a server configuration error. This cybersecurity problem falls badly when the reputation of this subsidiary of Amazon is already tarnished by a case of racist harassment.
“We realized that data was exposed on the internet due to a configuration error on the Twitch server, which was exploited by a malicious third party“, explained the leader in streaming video games on its site.
“As a precaution, we have reset all broadcast codesTwitch added in their post.
On Wednesday, on the anonymous 4Chan forum, a user posted a download link for 125 gigabytes of computer data, which was allegedly stolen from Twitch.
The loot includes source code from Twitch, income information from thousands of streamers, as well as information about a video game distribution service under development by Amazon Game Studios, according to trade press scouring the information. .
“At this point, we have no indication that any identifiers have been revealed. We continue to investigate“, specified the platform, which also underlines that the numbers of credit cards are not stored on its server, and thus were not exposed.
“Streamers are going to be worried about their income being made public, as they depend on donations from their fans.“commented James Chappell, co-founder of Digital Shadows, a cybersecurity company.
According to data posted on Twitter, player CriticalRole, who has more than 800,000 fans, earned more than $ 9 million between August 2019 and October 2021.
Twitch is owned by tech giant Amazon, which largely dominates the global cloud industry, providing remote access to IT services over the Internet.
The company claims to receive more than 30 million visitors per day, attracted mainly by live broadcasts of video game games, commented by players or content creators.
The streaming service has suffered for months a wave of racist and homophobic harassment, which consists of “hate raids” (“hate raids“), against certain creators, in particular non-white people or the LGBTQ community. These victims have mobilized and society has taken measures but it is struggling to stop the phenomenon.
Twitch filed a complaint a month ago against two users, who it said manage multiple accounts on the platform from Europe under different identities and are able to “generate thousands of bots in minutes“for the purpose of harassing their victims.