Amazon’s Twitch Site Hacked

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Amazon’s Twitch unit said its website for streaming videogame play was likely hacked.The San Francisco-based startup, which lets people stream videos of themselves playing games to online spectators – said it has also voided all stream keys, and disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube in an attempt to prevent further account hijacking.

Twitch said in emails to those potentially affected that their password, email address, user name, home address, phone number and date of birth may have been accessed. Twitch canceled the password of those who received the email, noting the passwords are encrypted but still could have been accessed.

Amazon bought Twitch last year for about $1 billion, attracted by the fast-growing numbers of users who watch others play videogames. Tips to create a new password were put up in the official twitch log.They are as follows :

  • Bad: Applesauce1! – You’re using different character types, but the majority of the password is a single word from the dictionary
  • Okay: ILoveGreenApplesauce – You’re using multiple words and lots of characters, but the words are too common.
  • Good: [email protected]$auce? – You’re using multiple words and lots of characters with uncommon substitutions. Good job.
  • Best: Use a reputable password manager with a random password generator.

 

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