Twitch Has Encountered A Security Breach


Just like most things concerning both the internet and video gaming, we can’t have nice things in the end. To the credit of Twitch, they have self-reported (through email messages of user accounts) the fact that they have encountered a security breach.

The following pieces of information to “possibly” being compromised:

"Twitch username and associated email address, your password, the last IP address you logged in from, and any of the following if you provided it to us: first and last name, phone number, address, and date of birth."

As a security measure, Twitch account passwords have been reset, stream keys have been reset and connections to Twitter and Youtube accounts have been disconnected. It is up to users to reconnect any linked accounts in order to continue regular service. As well, Facebook accounts will need to be re-authenticated.

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What is odd to me is passwords that have possibly been lost due to an incursion occurred on March 3rd. That means it took Twitch 3 weeks to discover the security breach, plan their methods of further data loss prevention, implement the security changes and then inform users. When it comes to names, addresses, phone numbers and date of birth, that is quite a great deal of information to lose. The fact that it took 20 days for users to find out about such a security issue is a bit upsetting, and it puts personal information in jeopardy due to how long such information was possibly “in the wild.”

We will follow up with additional information about this Twitch incursion should progress (or possible regression) should occur.

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