Twitch Says No Logins or Card Data Stolen In Hack, Resets Stream Keys

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Twitch Says No Logins or Card Data Stolen In Hack, Resets Stream Keys

October 7, 2021

By: Joseph Allen

 
 

Twitch has reassured its users that neither their login details nor their credit card information was stolen as part of yesterday's 125GB hack. Despite this, owing to an "abundance of caution", Twitch has reset all stream keys, so you'll need to get a new one if you're a streamer.

What has Twitch said about yesterday's hack?

Yesterday, a hacker uploaded a huge amount of stolen data pertaining to streaming platform Twitch. This data includes source code for the entire site, as well as content creator payouts, information about upcoming Amazon Games projects, and more. In response to this attack, the Amazon-owned streaming platform posted an update yesterday confirming that it has "no indication" any login details were stolen as part of the hack. The company says it also doesn't store full credit card numbers, so your financial information is safe.

The page showing how to reset your Twitch stream key
Twitch has reset all streamers' keys out of an "abundance of caution".

Despite the fact that no login or financial information was taken as part of the hack, Twitch says it's reset all stream keys, just to be safe. You can grab your new key here. Depending on what software you're using, you might need to add your new key manually to make sure it's working. Here's a list of software for which you won't need to add your new key manually. Twitch says that if you're using any other kind of software, you'll need to refer to the specific setup instructions for that software.

  • Twitch Studio
  • Streamlabs
  • Xbox app
  • PlayStation app
  • Mobile app
  • OBS

What was included in the Twitch hack?

Yesterday's Twitch hack may not have included user information, but it certainly isn't good news for the service. The total size of the hack tops out at around 128GB, and it includes source code for the entire site. The hacker also stole information pertaining to content creator payouts, revealing how much several content creators have made from streaming on the service across the last couple of years. In addition, the hack included info about a new Steam competitor codenamed "Vapor", as well as internal security tools, info about Twitch-owned properties like CurseForge, and code for several Twitch clients.

 
 

This hack hasn't come at a particularly opportune time for Twitch. Last month, several streamers organized a campaign to protest the service's perceived inaction over "hate raids", in which bots spam a streamer's chat with hateful content. It's not all doom and gloom; earlier this year, the streaming platform rolled out localized subscription tier pricing, hoping to address discrepancies in the cost of subscriptions for countries with different living costs to the US. Hacks like this might make users think twice about whether they want to keep their Twitch accounts, though. We'll bring you more on this as we get it.

Has Twitch's update made you feel more secure after yesterday's hack? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dark Souls changed my life, and I'm here to spread the good news. I like pretty much all sorts of games, but I judge everything by its proximity to our Lord and saviour, Dark Souls.

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