Amazon’s video web site has been breached, revealing future product plans
An attendee watches a live demonstration of Link Kit’s Snow World online game on the Twitch Interactive streaming video service.
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Amazon’s video streaming service Twitch was hacked on Wednesday in a breach that included details of payments to content creators and an unreleased product from Amazon Game Studios.
The anonymous hacker said they were releasing the information to encourage “more disruption and competition” in the online video streaming world, citing the Twitch community in a post on the anonymous message board platform 4chan a “ disgusting poisonous cesspool ”.
Twitch confirmed the hack in a tweet, but did not provide any information about the extent of the hack and what data was obtained.
“We can confirm that a violation has taken place,” the company said in the tweet. “Our teams are working hard to understand the extent of this situation. We will update the community as additional information becomes available. Thank you for your understanding.”
According to the 4chan Post, the hacker took more than 125 gigabytes of data with him when the breach. The data also reportedly includes Twitch’s source code and mention of Amazon Game Studio’s plans to open an online computer games store that would rival industry leader Steam.
A representative from Amazon Game Studios did not respond to a request for comment.
Amazon bought Twitch for nearly $ 1 billion in 2014. The site mainly focuses on videos and live streams for video game enthusiasts.
– CNBC’s Eamon Javers contributed to this report.