Amazon-owned Twitch says source code exposed in last week’s data breach

A twitch login screen is seen in the offices of Twitch Interactive Inc, an Amazon-owned social video platform and gaming community, in San Francisco, California, US, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage Inc-owned (AMZN.O) Twitch said Friday that last week’s data breach on the live streaming esports platform contained documents from the source code.

Users’ passwords, credentials, full credit card numbers and banking information were not accessed or made public during the breach, Twitch said in a statement.

The platform, used by video gamers to interact with users while streaming content live, had attributed the breach to an error in the server configuration change.

Changes to the server configuration are made during server maintenance. An incorrect configuration can expose the data stored on the servers to unauthorized access.

Twitch said it was “trusting” that the incident only affected a small number of users and that it was contacting those directly affected. The platform has over 30 million average daily visitors.

Video Games Chronicle had reported that approximately 125 gigabytes of data had been leaked in the breach, including details of Twitch’s highest-paid video game streamers since 2019.

Reporting by Chavi Mehta and Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni

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