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Remember the massive Twitch leak that revealed all sorts of information, including creator payouts? Well, according to Twitch, user passwords weren’t included in the hack, so your account is safe.

Twitch posted on its blog about the security incident from October 6, 2021, and the company confirmed what the early reports suggested: creator payouts and some Twitch source code were stolen, but individual user information was kept safe.

In the post, Twitch said, “Twitch passwords have not been exposed. We are also confident that systems that store Twitch login credentials, which are hashed with bcrypt, were not accessed, nor were full credit card numbers or ACH / bank information.”

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Of course, it’s still worth locking your Twitch account down with 2FA and changing your password periodically to make sure your account is as safe as possible, but you don’t need to worry about your account based on this particular leak.

Twitch also said that it underwent “a thorough review of the information included in the files exposed and are confident that it only affected a small fraction of users and the customer impact is minimal. We are contacting those who have been impacted directly.” That means that if you were affected, Twitch will reach out to you and let you know.

As far as the future goes, Twitch is taking steps to prevent something like this from happening again. The Amazon-owned company said, “We take our responsibility to protect your data very seriously. We have taken steps to further secure our service, and we apologize to our community.” Often, these types of leaks help companies find holes, and Twitch sounds like it’s using this as a chance to improve.

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