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Date: Thu, 2 May 2019 05:59:10 +0000 (UTC)
From: InfoSec News <>
Subject: [Newsletter/Marketing] [ISN] After account hacks, Twitch
 streamers take security into their own hands

By Zack Whittaker
April 30, 2019

Twitch has an account hacking problem.

After the breach of popular browser game Town of Salem in January, some 7.8 
million stolen passwords quickly became the weakest link not only for the game 
but gamers’ other accounts. The passwords were stored using a long-deprecated 
scrambling algorithm, making them easily cracked.

It didn’t take long for security researcher and gamer Matthew Jakubowski to see 
the aftermath.

In the weeks following, the main subreddit for Amazon-owned game streaming site 
Twitch -- of which Jakubowski is a moderator -- was flooded with complaints 
about account hijacks. One after the other, users said their accounts had been 
hacked. Many of the hijacked accounts had used their Town of Salem password for 
their Twitch account.

Jakubowski blamed the attacks on automated account takeovers — bots that cycle 
through password lists stolen from breached sites, including Town of Salem.

"Twitch knows it’s a problem -- but this has been going on for months and 
there’s no end in sight," Jakubowski told TechCrunch.


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