Amazon's Twitch Warns of Possible Hack Attack


Twitch, the live-streaming game service Amazon acquired last year for about $1 billion, said some user accounts may have been hacked.

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"We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information," Twitch said in a post on its official blog. The company did not disclose how many accounts may have been compromised. A Twitch rep did not respond to a request for more info.

In response to the incident, Twitch -- which claims to have more than 100 million active monthly users -- said it expired user passwords and disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube. Twitch users will need to create a new password the next time they attempt to log in; in addition, the company said it would "communicate directly with affected users" with additional details.

Amazon snapped up Twitch last summer for $970 million in cash. That came after Twitch had been pursued by Google's YouTube about a deal in a similar range, although that potential tie-up carried concerns that YouTube would face an antitrust challenge with its control over Internet video distribution.