Popular streaming site Twitch attacked by hackers

Twitch Hack

By Christine Schönig, Regional Director Security Engineering CER, Office of the CTO, at Check Point Software Technologies GmbH

Christine Schönig, Regional Director Security Engineering CER, Office of the CTO at Check Point

Twitch, the web site often used for streaming – especially by video players – has been attacked by an unknown hacker. Sensitive information about various areas of the site and even about users was stolen and posted on the Internet. It is about 125 gigabytes of data. Even the source code of the platform operated by Amazon is said to be among them, according to media reports.

The dangerous thing is that when a program’s source code leaks, it opens a huge door for criminals to find loopholes in the system, inject malware, and steal sensitive data.

Check Point therefore strongly recommends that all Twitch users exercise a lot of caution when using this platform in the near future. As a quick reaction, we recommend changing passwords immediately and activating two-factor authentication of the accounts.

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