Twitch, the streaming platform favoured by gamers,today suffered a data leak which has revealed the earnings of the site’s top content creators.
The hacker leaked 125GB of data on the dark web with details about Twitch’s underlying code, encrypted user passwords and creator payout reports amongst the information released.
A Twitch spokesperson this evening confirmed the leak: “Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for bearing with us.”
After posting a torrent link on 4chan the attacker said the information was leaked to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” because “their community is a disgusting toxic cesspool.”
It comes as Twitch faces pressure from users to clamp down on the behaviour of its online community.
In recent months Twitch has been criticised by users for not doing enough to prevent “hate raids,” which involves the organised harassment of streamers from minority backgrounds.
In September Twitch creators held a strike to protest against the platform’s inaction over the issue.
Jake Moore, a Cybersecurity Specialist at ESET, said that the leak is “damaging” for Twitch’s reputation and urged users to change their passwords quickly.
Moore said that Twitch is “a highly sought after target, carrying huge kudos amongst the criminal hacking community” and warned that a successful data leak “could be extremely damaging to its reputation” and finances.