Twitch hack reveals unannounced Amazon “Vapour” game store (and much more)

Twitch has suffered a major data breachwith hackers releasing more than 125 gigabytes of data from the Amazon-owned platform used by millions to livestream video game sessions and other activities.

Data includes source code for the Twitch website as well as desktop, mobile, and console Twitch clients. Also found in the data? Code for an unannounced and unreleased game store called Steam which seems to be Amazon’s answer to Steam or the Epic Games Store.

According to people who looked at the leaked data, Vapor appears to have many of the features you’d expect from a modern play store as well as Twitch-specific features like Emotes (the platforms name for a type of emote ).

It’s unclear at this time if Vapor is a work in progress that Amazon and Twitch plan to release one day, a project the company is exploring, or something that has been cancelled. But it raises some interesting questions about how far Amazon has come down the road of copying Valve’s Steam platform – maybe we’ll one day see a Steam Deck-like Twitch Deck handheld game console with integration. of Vapor? Stranger things have happened.

That said, while it’s interesting to see a hint of possible things to come in the Twitch data breach, if you have a Twitch account, now might be a good time to change your password, even if no password data appears to have been leaked (yet).

You may want to change it again in the future. Twitch says it is investigating the data breach and will provide updates”as soon as additional information becomes available“, but at this stage it is not clear whether the vulnerability that allowed hackers to obtain this huge data trove has yet been patched.

Update: Twitch claims that the breach was possible “due to an error in a Twitch server configuration change that was later accessed by a malicious third party”, and that while there is “no indication that the information from login credentials have been exposed”, the company has reset all stream keys.

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