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Twitch says no user passwords exposed in colossal leak

Twitch says no user passwords exposed in colossal leak

Amazon-owned streaming service Twitch has said that users don't need to worry about their passwords being exposed as part of the colossal leak it suffered earlier in the month.

In a post on its website, the company said that passwords were not accessed by hackers when they managed to steal, er, pretty much everything Twitch-related at the start of October. The firm also says that it is "confident" that login credentials, credit card numbers and bank information was not exposed.

"The exposed data primarily contained documents from Twitch’s source code repository, as well as a subset of creator payout data," the company wrote.

"We’ve undergone a thorough review of the information included in the files exposed and are confident that it only affected a small fraction of users and the customer impact is minimal. We are contacting those who have been impacted directly.

"We take our responsibility to protect your data very seriously. We have taken steps to further secure our service, and we apologize to our community."

Earlier in October, a 125GB torrent that contained Twitch's source code, how much streamers were being paid, its desktop, mobile and console clients as well as an unreleased Steam competitor called Vapor started doing the rounds on the likes of 4chan.

Twitch confirmed that this was the case shortly after.


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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