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Twitch Hack of 135 GB of Data Includes How Much Its Biggest Streamers Make
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An anonymous poster on 4Chan published 135 gigabytes of what appears to be internal data stolen from Twitch, including exactly how much money the platform’s biggest streamers make on Twitch. On Wednesday, the poster published a link to a torrent of 135 GB, calling it "an extremely poggers leak" which allegedly includes source code for all Twitch clients for different operating systems, an unreleased Steam competitor, and internal tools that Twitch's security team uses.
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The poster wrote that "Jeff Bezos paid $970 million for this, we're giving it away FOR FREE.""Their community is also a disgusting toxic cesspool, so to foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space, we have completely pwned them, and in part one, are releasing the source code from almost 6,000 internal Git repositories, including:> Entirety of twitch.tv, with commit history going back to its early beginnings> Mobile, desktop and video game console Twitch clients> Various proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch> Every other property that Twitch owns including IGDB and CurseForge> An unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios> Twitch SOC internal red teaming tools (lol)AND: Creator payout reports from 2019 until now. Find out how much your favorite streamer is really making!"
Twitch did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Several streamers wrote on Twitter that their data inside the leak is real and accurate. Motherboard compared revenue data for Waypoint's Twitch channel to that within the leaked data and found it was accurate.