Twitch is still rebuilding after yesterday’s hacker attack.
Yesterday, Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch.TV suffered a massive data leak, exposing streamer payment figures, site tools, and even the platform’s source code. While Twitch has assured that no users credentials or payment information was leaked in the attack, the exposure of this bulk of data has made the site a potential danger zone for further hacker attacks. As such, Twitch has begun efforts to rebuild their safety net.
Twitch’s first action toward rebuilding is resetting all stream keys. All streams have had their keys reset, with their owners sent links to obtain new ones. As a side effect of this move, certain kinds of streamer software may have their use interrupted, necessitating manual updates.
“Twitch Studio, Streamlabs, Xbox, PlayStation and Twitch Mobile App users should not need to take any action for your new key to work,” Twitch staff wrote. “OBS users who have connected their Twitch account should also not need to take any action.”
Out of an abundance of caution, we have reset all stream keys. You can get your new stream key here: https://t.co/Lby1wfS0Ss. For more information, please visit the Twitch blog: https://t.co/JDXlpO0pY4
— Twitch (@Twitch) October 7, 2021
According to Twitch staff, the leak was “due to an error in a Twitch server configuration change that was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party.” The attackers, whom have not yet been identified, claimed to have stolen the “entirety” of the platform, decrying Twitch’s userbase as a “disgusting toxic cesspool.”