Twitch servers down after alleged hack
The Twitch servers appear to be down, preventing hundreds of users from logging in.
The status of the Twitch server is a grim read for users, who have received network error messages when trying to access the service.
Independent website Down Detector has received hundreds of reports that Twitch is down.
The outage tracker monitors social mentions around certain topics to detect when services around the world go down.
The Down Detector outage map shows that the Twitch issues are affecting users in the UK, Europe and the US.
The outage strikes after allegations that Twitch has fallen victim to a major hack.
According to a report on VGC, the full source code of Twitch has been leaked on the 4Chan website.
The massive 125GB file is said to contain everything from user comments to creator payout reports.
More disturbing is the claim that encrypted passwords may also have been leaked.
https://t.co/7vTDeRA9vt has been leaked. Like the whole website; Source code with comments for the website and various console/phone versions, references to an unreleased steam competitor, payouts, encrypted passwords, that sort of thing.
You may want to change your passwords.
— Sinoc (@Sinoc229) October 6, 2021
Indeed, Twitch users are encouraged to enable two-factor authentication if they have not already done so.
With two-factor authentication enabled — or 2FA for short — users are given a login code on top of their regular password.
To enable 2FA, users must first log into Twitch using the traditional email and password system.
After logging in, click on the profile icon and choose the Settings option.
Under Settings, users should click on Security & Privacy and then scroll down to the Security setting.
After selecting the Security option, choose Edit Two-Factor Authentication and follow the instructions from there.
According to the report, the same Twitch leak contains information about mobile, desktop and console clients.
That’s on top of information for other Twitch-owned platforms, as well as other tools.
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