A new post on the Twitch blog sounds alarming. It is talking about a possible breach of user accounts on their service, letting people know that they might be prompted to change the password or worse.
This was accompanied by an email that was sent to numerous users letting them know about the suspected illegal activities and the precautions that users will have to take. Here’s an excerpt from the email:
We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some of your Twitch user account information, including possibly your Twitch username and associated email address, your password, the last IP address you logged in from, limited credit card information (card type, truncated card number and expiration date), and any of the following if you provided it to us: first and last name, phone number, address, and date of birth. PLEASE NOTE: Twitch does not store or process full credit or debit card information, so your card number is safe.
That is a lot of information to have been stolen!
They said that despite being cryptographically stored, the passwords might also have been stolen when you recently logged in. So now, you will have to make a new password, reconnect your YouTube and Facebook and so on.
Such hacks and breaches of different services are becoming common with every passing day, if nothing is done to eradicate or limit this, it would become much harder to not worry about your privacy or sensitive information being compromised.
Anyhow, you have been warned, check your Twitch as soon as possible and change the passwords.