TWITCH users are being warned that they should change their passwords immediately after a major breach.
The entire website faced a major leak on Wednesday, according to developer Sinoc who revealed that creator payouts and encrypted passwords were exposed.
“This leak is very serious for Twitch,” said Jarno Niemelä, a researcher at F-Secure.
“But the question is what effects this will have for the regular Twitch user.”
It’s unclear to tell which users were hit by the leak but there are still ways users can protect their accounts from would-be cybercriminals.
To change their password, users need to click Settings and then “Settings and Privacy.” Under Security, click “Change password.”
The old password must be entered before making a new one.
Users are also advised to change their passwords on other websites if it’s the same as the one used on Twitch.
For extra protection, users should set up two-factor authentication (2FA) on their accounts. They must share their phone number Twitch in order to receive a code which they must enter on the app.
“While it won’t help in this case as data has already leaked, users should always be cautious on what kind of information they provide to any social media platform,” said Niemelä.
Streamers are also being asked to take extra steps for their protection. It’s recommended that streamers reset their stream key which may have been exposed during the site leak.
After clicking “Creator Dashboard”, streamers should head to Setting and then “Stream.” There, they can click “Reset.” Once the key has been confirmed, a green checkmark will appear.
Many streamers had information about their revenue leaked during the hack. Some mocked the situation such as HasanAbi and xQc.
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