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Twitch breach: Anonymous hacker claims data leaked

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Amazon’s live streaming e-sports platform Twitch said on Wednesday that it had been hit by a data breach, without providing further details.

An anonymous hacker claimed to have leaked Twitch data, including information related to the company’s source code, clients and unpublished games, according to the Video Game Chronicle, which first reported the hack.

Twitch confirmed the breach and said that “its teams are working diligently to understand its extent”.

The company declined to comment further, saying it will “update the community as additional information becomes available”. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

As the Video Game Chronicle reports, the hacker’s intent was to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space”.

About 125GB of data was leaked, including information from Twitch’s highest-paid video game streamers since 2019, such as the $9.6 million (approximately Rs 70 crore) payment to the voice actors of the popular game “Dungeons & Dragons” and $8.4 million (approximately Rs.62 crore) to Canadian streamer xQcOW, the report said.

Cybersecurity expert Kevin Beaumont tweeted, “The Twitch leak is real. Contains significant amounts of personal data.”

Twitch, an online e-sports platform with more than 30 million average daily visitors, has become increasingly popular with musicians and video gamers alike interacting with users while live streaming content.

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.

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