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Twitch confirms data breach as source code, creator payouts found leaked online

The data is said to include payouts to creators as well as source code and other information.

Twitch confirms data breach as source code, creator payouts found leaked online
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Users of the streaming platform Twitch on Wednesday were demanding answers from the Amazon-owned company after reports that a trove of sensitive data has been leaked onto the internet. 

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In a tweet Wednesday, Twitch confirmed the breached and said it would provide more information to users when it learns more. “We can confirm a breach has taken place. Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this,” Twitch wrote. “We will update the community as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for bearing with us.”

The data is said to include payouts to creators, as well as source code and other sensitive information. Video game news site VGC reported on an alleged hack very early on Wednesday morning, and hours later Twitch still had not responded to growing concerns among users on social media.

According to the BBC, the leak comprised some 100 gigabytes of data.

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Reached for comment, a Twitch spokesperson referred Fast Company to its statement on Twitter and said it had no new information to share. If you’re a Twitch user, it’s probably not a bad idea to update your password.  

This story is developing . . .

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Christopher Zara is a senior staff news editor for Fast Company and obsessed with media, technology, business, culture, and theater. Before coming to FastCo News, he was a deputy editor at International Business Times, a theater critic for Newsweek, and managing editor of Show Business magazine

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