Twitch says it’s been hit by hackers, orders password reset

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Game-streaming site Twitch is pretty sure it’s been hit by hackers, forcing it to reset passwords for its enormous army of users.

“There may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information,” the Amazon-owned company said in a blog post Monday.

An email sent by Twitch to affected users said that while it still wasn’t clear exactly what specific data had been compromised, it may include “your Twitch username and associated email address, your password (which was cryptographically protected), the last IP address you logged in from, and any of the following if you provided it to us: first and last name, phone number, address, and date of birth.”

As a precaution, users attempting to log into the site from Monday will be prompted to create a new password. As you’d expect, the San Francisco-based company also warns its users to reset their password on any other sites where they use the same or a similar password.

Twitch added that as part its response to the hack it’d also disconnected all accounts from Twitter and YouTube, meaning users will have to reauthorize them once they’ve reset their login information.

Twitch was acquired by Amazon last year in a deal worth $970 million. The popular site announced in January it’d averaged 100 million unique monthly viewers across 2014, a figure that suggests hackers may have just got their hands on a sizable amount of personal data. We’ve reached out to Twitch for more information on the security breach and will update if we hear back.

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