‘Unauthorized Access’ on Twitch, User Passwords Reset

Game streaming site Twitch has reset all user passwords following news that there “may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information.”

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“For your protection, we have expired passwords and stream keys and have disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube,” said the company in a blog post this evening. “As a result, you will be prompted to create a new password the next time you attempt to log into your Twitch account.”

Twitch is also recommending that users change their passwords on any sites that may have used the same password. Live notifications have also been temporarily shut off.

It added that it will communicate directly with users that have been affected but did not indicate how many users may have been impacted by the as yet unexplained compromise.

Twitch has previously fallen prey to a similar incident in 2013 when it was knocked offline and all user passwords were reset.

Twitch has provided no further details on this latest incident. The site was carrying out scheduled maintenance earlier today and soon began fielding complaints from users who were unable to log in. It’s unclear if this is at all related to today’s password reset.

This is developing so we’ll update this story when more info becomes available.

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The Twitch community on Reddit has been reporting several issues in resetting their passwords such as being unable to set a new password as per Twitch’s recommendations.

These rules are very confusing. I tried a password that was a combination of letters, numbers, & symbols, and it came up “Very Weak”. As I was deleting it, I noticed that the strength changed. If I use half of the password, 5 characters, the password strength changes to “Weak”. Granted, neither is a good password, but why is the shorter one stronger than the longer password?

Another user said they have already started receiving “dodgy American student loan emails.”

Have you received any suspicious emails or any further correspondence from Twitch? Let us know below.