Twitch posted an emergency blog message on Monday, saying its streaming video service may have potentially been hacked, exposing personal account data. The social media company urged all its users to immediately change their Twitch password, although it declined to say the number of the affected accounts.
Personal information such as names, last used IP and email addresses may have been exposed. For account security reasons, Twitch says it will be resetting all passwords, forcing the users to create a new one the next time they log in.
The company also advised its users to review any other internet accounts where they might be using the same password they had for Twitch.
Twitch’s video streaming service has become increasingly popular for offering young people the possibility to broadcast live videos while playing games. The site has over one million broadcasters, and more than 65 million people who sign up only to watch the videos and comment.
Twitch’s popularity boomed in 2013, when video-game consoles started supporting live video streaming, and last year Amazon paid almost $1 billion to acquire the service.
Although no data on the number accounts breached was made public, Twitch sought necessary to send personal emails to people who they think might be affected. The message states the following:
“We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some of your Twitch user account information, including possibly your Twitch username and associated email address, your password, the last IP address you logged in from, limited credit card information (card type, truncated card number and expiration date), and any of the following if you provided it to us: first and last name, phone number, address, and date of birth.”
No full credit or debit card information was breached, since Twitch does not store this kind of data.
Twitch recorded another concerning incident last week, when the service broke down for several hours. According to company officials, the cyber-attack they announced today has nothing to do with what happened last week, which they blamed on an “internal tech issue.”
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