6th October (WNN) — Video game streaming platform Twitch suffered a data breach on Wednesday and hackers shared sensitive information on online chat forum 4chan.
Twitch confirmed the breach on Twitter.
“Our teams are working diligently to understand its limits,” reads the tweet. “We will update the community as additional information becomes available.”
A person claiming responsibility for the hack posted on 4chan, claiming access to Twitch source code, internal security tools and manufacturer payments.
NBC News reported that the files shared online contained explicit payment information for hundreds of thousands of streamers.
The user said that he carried out the attack to harm Twitch’s business.
The user posted, “Their community is also a disgustingly toxic cesspool, so to fuel more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space, we’ve blocked them completely.”
Amazon bought Twitch in 2014 for $970 million. Previously known as Justin.tv, the platform averages more than 2.5 million viewers at any given time, and more than 7 million creators stream live video every month, the company said.
A 4chan user posted a photo of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with the message, “Jeff Bezos paid $970 million for this, we’re giving it away for free.”
Twitch streamer Scott Helier told the Wall Street Journal that information about his payments had surfaced.
“I really hope that no major personal information (full name, email, address, phone number, banking information) gets thrown out in the next part of the leak,” Heller wrote in a message to the WSJ. “If people are shocked by how much I earn in the coming days, and try to have an open dialogue about it, I will protest.”