If you use the online version of twitch on Friday morning, you may have a chance to see it redecorated as the face of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
For hours, a close-up of Bezos’ eyes has become a new background image for many, if not all, video game related category pages on twitter. Twitch is a subsidiary of Amazon that focuses on live streaming media. This change was later restored. Twitch has not commented on this, and at the time of writing, no one has come forward to claim responsibility for changing its image.
This picture for accidental redecoration seems to have been taken from an old virus photo of Bezos, which is roughly similar to the original “pogcamp” expression on twitter. Its sudden appearance came two days after twitch publicly acknowledged what it officially called a “security incident”, and an unknown amount of twitch’s internal data was leaked online.
According to Twitter’s official blog, the leak was due to “an error in the twitter server configuration change, which was subsequently accessed by a malicious third party.”
Twitch currently does not believe that the user’s login credentials have been exposed in the leak. It is reported that it has never stored a complete credit card number on site. However, it did take the step of resetting all user stream keys on Thursday morning, which is a unique password provided through the official twitch dashboard, which is required before the streamer starts broadcasting.
The initial disclosure was originally published on 4chan message board as a 125gb torrent file. It is said that it contains the files directly obtained from twitch, including the information of future projects, the payment structure of top twitch broadcasters, and even the source code of the website. It is reported that the motivation of this poster is to “cultivate more interference and competition in the online video streaming space”, and has produced some returns to the overall “septic tank” of twitch community.
In addition to confirming that there are indeed security vulnerabilities, twitch did not make a statement on how much of the data is legal.
The electronic vandalism of “pogbezos” (“Jeff Champ?”) has not been determined to be related to 4chan leakage, but if it is not, it will be a strange coincidence. On Wednesday, most of the social media conversations focused on analyzing how much twitch paid top broadcasters, but if twitch’s source code is really leaked, the security of the whole website may be threatened.
Founded in 2011, twitch is a game focused product derived from the groundbreaking streaming website justin.tv. It was subsequently acquired by Amazon for $970 million in 2014. In the past few years, it has become the largest online broadcasting platform.
Although the field of live streaming media is larger than many people realize, and dozens of different platforms operate in this field, twitch’s audience share is about six times that of other competitors combined. Twitch is a modern live broadcast in all respects. However, this leading position has attracted many unpopular concerns from twitch, including new legislation, multiple DMCA strikes in the American music industry, and now this occasional hacker activist.