Stolen Twitch source code, creator payment data revealed in apparent data leak

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Oct 6, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

Source code underpinning the live streaming service Twitch has reportedly leaked, exposing information about some company plans and payment data from popular accounts on the service.

Twitch, a subsidiary of Amazon, is a popular service that broadcasts esports, live music and other events to audiences that have numbered millions at a time.

An anonymous user of the message board 4chan — home to hackers and trolls alike — posted a 125-gigabyte torrent file that they allege includes all of Twitch’s code, including information about internal security tools, three years of payment history to Twitch “creators” and data related to proprietary software. The poster hinted that more details would be forthcoming, with the stated goal of “foster[ing] more user disruption and competition in the online video streaming space,” as the Video Game Chronicle first reported on Wednesday.

Twitch did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Twitch streamers earn revenue from a variety of methods, from enlisting followers in paid subscriptions and earning sponsorships from video game brands to generating advertising revenue from the company itself. The high-profile nature of their work — the most popular accounts have more than

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