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Twitch suffered a security breach

By Salehuddin Bin Husin - on 24 Mar 2015, 11:00am

Twitch suffered a security breach

 Fun fact: Twitch is actually owned by Amazon. The company bought Twitch last year for US$970 million.

Popular game streaming website, Twitch, has just posted a notice on their official blog that there may have been 'unauthorized access' to user information. What it means is that somebody broke in somehow and stole a bunch of passwords and other sensitive information from an unknown number of users.

Twitch is the latest in a long line of attacks by hackers. In Q4 2014 alone, hackers successfully hacked Sony Pictures as well as disrupted Sony's Playstation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live services. While those attacks have been attributed to North Korea and Lizard Squad respectively, nobody has claimed responsibility for the Twitch hack.

Since even Twitch doesn't seem to know how many users have been affected, they've reset everybody's passwords and have disconnected all accounts from Twitter and Youtube. Users can re-enable Twitter and Youtube connections once they log back in.

On top of that, the service seems to have beefed up its password security. Now, it will only accept passwords with a minimum of 8 letters and even recommends users use a reputable password manager with a random password generator.

It goes without saying that if you're a Twitch user, you should log in as soon as you can to set your new password. Make sure to change the passwords on other sites that share the same password as your Twitch account too, just in case.

Source: Twitch