A data breach affecting live streaming e-sports platform Twitch has put tens of millions of user passwords, payment methods and personal information at risk.
Early Wednesday, an anonymous hacker claimed to have leaked 125GB of data from the gaming service online, exposing a significant amount of the company’s internal data and revealing information about Twitch’s highest paid video game streamers.
But experts say while the leak could be incredibly damaging to Twitch’s reputation, users should be vigilant in protecting any personal information that could be stolen and used nefariously by cyber criminals.
“There is a possibility people could access that data and use that to try and perpetrate scams against users,” Brett Callow, threat analyst at anti-virus software firm Emsisoft, told CTVNews.ca by phone Wednesday.
“They should be on the lookout for the text messages, phone calls or emails that purported to be from Twitch or Twitch related.”
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL DATA
Callow says users should immediately change their Twitch passwords, along with any passwords for sites that share the same or similar password.
As an additional security step, Callow says users should turn on two-factor authentication for Twitch, which requires users to input both their password and a secondary code sent to their smartphone in order to log in.
Parents who have young Twitch users at home should help facilitate these changes and make note of any changes to other accounts.
“[Passwords] should be fairly long and complex. Most importantly, however, they should not be reused on other websites and whenever possible be protected by two-factor authentication,” Callow said.
Longstanding data shows that the most secure passwords are long, alphanumerical and hard to guess – in other words, don’t use words, phrases or numbers that someone could easily guess if they had your basic personal information (think: your birthdate).
If you have a hard time remembering your passwords, try stringing together three or four random words you’ll remember, which is often as strong as an alphanumerical password.
KIDS’ DATA AT RISK
The Amazon-owned platform confirmed the leak Wednesday stating, “We can confirm a breach has taken place. Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this.”
Both Twitch and Amazon declined to comment further; however, the website remains active for users.
Twitch, a streaming platform with more than 30 million average daily visitors, has become increasingly popular with musicians and gamers, along with millions of young users who log on to follow their favourite personalities.
“The fact that it is younger individuals, I think in itself is concerning just given the fact that were they as aware of cybersecurity? Were they using their parent’s [financial] accounts as well? Do they follow all the safety protocols? Chances are. Probably not,” cybersecurity expert Ritesh Kotak told CTVNews.ca by phone Wednesday.
“And what we’ve learned is there’s no such thing as delete on the internet. So once your information is out there, it’s out there.”
While it remains unclear just how much user data was leaked, since the majority of the attention stemming from the leak seems to be directed at the platform’s inner workings, Kotak warns that things like security questions and billing information could have been left unencrypted.
He notes that users who used similar login information across multiple sites run the risk of becoming victims of “credential stuffing,” where cybercriminals use stolen usernames and passwords from one organization to access user accounts at another.
“It’s bad all around – young person or not – but significantly for younger people because this is really going to follow them for the rest of their life,” he said.
Kotak adds that parents worried about their own financial or credit card data should also turn on security alerts for their accounts as added security.
Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Minecraft Edition Announced – CGMagazine
After 12 long years, the world’s best-selling video game, Minecraft is finally getting its own Secretlab chair, the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Minecraft Edition.
The Secretlab Minecraft gaming chair was created in partnership with Microsoft/Mojang Studios and the look was inspired by the game’s iconic enemy, Creeper. The chair is upholstered in the Secretlab SoftWeave Plus fabric, which was highly requested for the company’s special edition gaming chairs by fans.
The material in the special edition gaming chair is an advanced version of the original, highly popular SoftWeave material that has been upgraded to be more breathable and even more durable for owners of the chair. This basically means it keeps players cool and comfortable as they explore and create buildings/landscapes in games like Minecraft.
In addition, the Secretlab gaming chair’s structure featured interlaced yarn fibres that help visualizes the chair’s texture which is inspired by Minecraft’s intentional pixelated art style. Fans of the game will be able to see a black-and-green speckled fabric on the chair which mimics the grass block, one of the core building blocks of Minecraft, and the Creeper itself.
“I thought the Creeper’s backstory was extremely interesting—it’s hard to imagine that the most iconic mob in the game was created by mistake and was originally intended to be a pig,” Secretlab co-founder and CEO, Ian Ang said in a press release.
“The new knitting technique used in the Secretlab SoftWeave® Plus fabric opens up limitless design possibilities for us, and we couldn’t think of a better way to start than with the Creeper and what is probably the most influential game of the decade.”
Minecraft was released by Swedish video game developer, Mojang Studios more than 12 years ago and the studio was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 Billion USD. Since that time the franchise has spinoff into other games like Diablo-style game, Minecraft Dungeons and a Telltale adventure game.
Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time, which has sold more than 238 million copies. Currently, more than 140 million players play the game each month globally and in 2020, the best-selling game topped the charts as the most-watched content on YouTube with more than 200 billion views.
Apple Patent Offers Sketch of Possible Notch Implementation in New MacBook Pros – MacRumors
Following the last-minute rumor that Apple’s upcoming new MacBook Pro models could feature a notch at the top of the display, much of the online discussion has involved concerns that such a notch would encroach on the active screen area, potentially eating into the macOS menu bar.
However, it’s worth noting that Apple has explored ways of including a notch in a MacBook Pro display that would avoid ingression into the main screen area, make the notch appear seamless against a black strip, and potentially allow for additional information to be displayed to the user that would also free up menu bar space in the main 16:10 display.
For example, an Apple patent filed in 2019 with the U.S. patent office, titled “Electronic Device Display With Extended Active Area,” describes, among various embodiments, a laptop computer featuring a main rectangular screen and two “extended regions” between the screen and an inactive border, wherein “the first and second rectangular extended regions are on opposing sides of the camera.”
Specifically, the laptop’s “first and second rectangular extended regions display icons on a black background while the main rectangular region displays a rectangular picture.”
“The first and second extended regions may be located on opposing sides of a camera or other electrical component in a protruding portion or island-shaped portion of the inactive region. Icons or other information may be displayed on a black background in the extended regions, giving the display a continuous unbroken appearance.”
Such an implementation could potentially add system status information in a black strip above the macOS menu bar, but that would of course require a significant adjustment to the way the menu bar operates on these new Mac models in the final release of macOS Monterey, and there’s been no evidence of that so far.
The notch rumor, while seemingly sketchy on its own, has gained some traction since Friday, initially due to a discovery by MacRumors of screen resolutions that will feature in the redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.
In the macOS Monterey beta, MacRumors uncovered potential display resolutions of 3024×1964 and 3456×2234 for the rumored 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. When subtracting 74 pixels from the height of both, the resulting 3024×1890 and 3456×2160 resolutions work out to an aspect ratio of 16:10. All of Apple’s current MacBooks feature a 16:10 aspect ratio, leading to speculation that the extra 74 pixels could be for a notch.
The possibility that Friday’s rumor may have substance to it has further been bolstered by an alleged photo of a MacBook Pro screen with a notch that was originally shared by a Weibo account.
Apple is hosting a virtual event on Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, with rumors widely suggesting the event will be focused on redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with a faster version of the M1 chip, brighter mini-LED displays, MagSafe, and additional connectivity.
Twitch says no passwords were leaked in security breach – Engadget
No passwords were exposed in the livestreaming service’s recent , according to the company. In on the incident, Twitch said it’s confident systems that store hashed login credentials weren’t accessed, nor were ACH/banking details. Twitch previously noted it doesn’t store full credit card numbers.
After reviewing information in the exposed files, Twitch says the breach “only affected a small fraction of users and the customer impact is minimal.” The leaked information mostly contained source code repository documents and a subset of payout details for streamers.
Twitch that someone was able to gain access to its servers due to a configuration change error. It fixed the issue and took measures to shore up its systems. “We take our responsibility to protect your data very seriously,” Twitch wrote. “We have taken steps to further secure our service, and we apologize to our community.”
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