Twitch 'hack' latest updates – Error 2000 sees leaked passwords, streamer earnings as anon hacker posts details on 4Chan

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TWITCH has reportedly been hacked by an anonymous cybercriminal who has posted a huge amount of information online.

The leak apparently includes payout reports from 2019 and users are worried that passwords have also been leaked.

According to VGC, the supposedly stolen information has been posted on 4chan.

Read our Twitch hack live blog for the latest updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    What is Twitch?

    Twitch is a website dedicated to hosting livestreams watched by millions around the world.

    The platform is owned by Amazon and largely focusses on video game livestreams.

    However, content creators also upload clips of themselves creating artwork or music, or simply having a chat

    Twitch boasts more than 15million daily active users watching clips streamed by around 3million creators

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    Mark Zuckerberg’s apology slammed after outage

    Mark Zuckerberg's apology has been slammed after Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram's seven-hour outage meant users "lost business".

    Zuckerberg's own fortune plummeted by $7billion as a result of the technical mishap, which locked users out for much of Monday.

    "Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger are coming back online now," Zuckerberg said in a post.

    "Sorry for the disruption today — I know how much you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about."

    But users weren't having a bar of it and slammed the apology.

    Monica Izumi said Facebook's services were "so important to me, my work and my clients".

    A man said he had "missed out on a lot of business today" because of the outage.

    Ossai Ovie posted: "Some of us lost some amount of money yesterday as a result of the outage."

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    The leak was labelled "part one"

    The leakreleased was labelled as "part one" which hints that there could potentially be more leaks coming soon.

    Currently, Twitch have not yet released a statement on the leak and have not yet informed their users.

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    Twitch user advice

    Twitch users are being advised to update their passwords for now until more information about the suspected hack is revealed.

    The hacker has said they plan to reveal more information in future leaks.

    The leak is said to include entirety of Twitch’s source code with comment history “going back to its early beginnings”.

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    What's the difference between deleting vs deactivating Facebook?

    If you feel like you need a break from Facebook but don't want to delete your account forever then deactivation is the way to go.

    This may be inspired by the latest outage leading to a need for a longer break or maybe you just need to get rid of the distraction for a while.

    The good thing about deactivation is that you can get back into your account if you change your mind.

    According to Facebook's official guidance, deactivation means:

    • You can reactivate your account whenever you like
    • People won't be able to see your timeline, or search for your profile
    • Some info will remain visible, like messages you've sent to other users

    Deletion is a much more serious process, and will permanently scrub your entire Facebook existence from the company's servers.

    Anonymous post on 4chan

    According to VGC, the supposedly stolen information has been posted on 4chan.

    That's an anonymous bulletin board website where anyone can post information.

    The anonymous post states: "Twitch is an American video live streaming service that focuses on video game live streaming, including broadcasts of
    esports competitions, operated by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of, Inc.

    "Their community is also a disgusting toxic cesspool, so to foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space, we have completely pwned them, and in part one, are releasing the source code from almost 6,000 internal Git repositories."

    How can I delete my Facebook account permanently?

    If you want to permanently delete Facebook, the social network has a page dedicated to the process.

    There is no going back from permanently deleting Facebook though, so it is a good idea to back up all of your data first.

    This means that if you decide you want Facebook back in the future, you will not have lost all of your photos, contacts, and other information.

    Follow these easy steps to download your Facebook data.

    1. Click the down arrow at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings
    2. Click "Download a copy of your Facebook data" at the bottom of the General Account Settings
    3. Click Start My Archive

    To delete Facebook once and for all, simply head over to Facebook's 'Delete Account' page and follow the instructions provided.

    Twitch leak: Hacked passwords, streamer earnings experts warn

    TWITCH has reportedly been hacked by an anonymous cybercriminal who has posted a huge amount of information online.

    The leak apparently includes payout reports from 2019 and users are worried that passwords have also been leaked.

    According to VGC, the supposedly stolen information has been posted on 4chan.

    Why did Facebook go down?

    Every website – including Facebook – exists on a computer server somewhere.

    So when you want to log on to, you have to connect to one of Facebook's computers.

    Every website has an IP address, which you can type into your web browser – if you want.

    But we prefer using domain names like because they're easier to remember.

    That's where a DNS (Domain Name System) comes in.

    When you type into your browser, the DNS effectively matches that URL to an IP address – allowing your computer to connect to Facebook.

    Outages are often caused by DNS issues – but Facebook's problems go even deeper.

    When you typed in, it was as if Facebook didn't exist.

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      ‘Networking issues’

      Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer revealed the issues behind the Facebook outage.

      He took to Twitter to reveal the reasons, explaining; “*Sincere* apologies to everyone impacted by outages of Facebook powered services right now.

      “We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible.”

      The site went down for seven hours and reportedly wiped around $50bn from Facebook’s market value.

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      App flap

      Those attempting to open the sites on a desktop were reportingly being met with a black, white page and a message that reads “500 server error.”

      The iOS and Android versions of the Instagram and Facebook apps opened but would not load users’ feeds or show them new content.

      WhatsApp messages were not reaching their recipients, with sent texts sitting with a clock icon next to them to indicate that they haven’t been dispatched.

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      Facebook ‘whistleblower’ went public on Sunday

      The outage came one day after Facebook’s whistleblower, Frances Haugen, went public on Sunday and accused the social media platform of continuously prioritizing profit instead of combatting hate speech and misinformation.

      As the suspicions likened Haugen to the shutdown spread, Facebook Chief’s Technology Officer offered his “sincere apologies” to all who were affected by the outages.

      “We are experiencing networking issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore as fast as possible,” he tweeted hours before the misfortuned apps slowly started working again.

      Regarding the internal issues, Instagram head Adam Mosseri tweeted that it “feels like a snow day.”

      Read more here.

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      Facebook deletes some banned content in Russia

      Facebook has complied with Russian demands to delete some banned content, but it could still face a hefty fine as it was slow to do so, the Vedomosti newspaper cited state communications regulator Roskomnadzor as saying on Monday.

      Russia has increased pressure on foreign tech firms in recent months as part of a long-running push to assert greater sovereignty over its segment of the internet.

      Roskomnadzor threatened Facebook last week with a fine of up to 10% of its annual Russian turnover unless it deleted content that Moscow deems illegal.

      Experts cited by Vedomosti estimate Facebook’s Russian turnover at between 12 and 39 billion roubles ($165-$538 million). Reuters could not immediately verify those estimates.

      Roskomnadzor said Facebook had taken down banned content from its platform as well as from Instagram, but that it could still face the fine on turnover because it had not deleted the content quickly, the newspaper reported.

    • Louis Allwood

      When did WhatsApp last have issues?

      On October 4, 2021, it was reported that Whatsapp users were having issues loading and communicating with the app.

      According to the website Down Detector, reports of Whatsapp being down surfaced at about 9am, with over 23,000 users facing issues.

      44% of users were unable to load the app, 30% had server problems, and nearly 25% could not send messages.

      It is unclear what led to the outage or when the app will be restored.

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      When have there been Facebook outages before?

      There have been other reported Facebook outages in the past including:

      • June 2014: Facebook was down for about a half-hour – its longest outage in four years.
      • January 2015: Facebook was down for about 40 minutes affecting users worldwide.
      • March 2019: A massive Facebook outage affected users worldwide. Facebook was down for about 14 hours, which is believed to be the biggest interruption any social network has ever experienced.
      • January 2021: Facebook experienced a bug that logged most users out of their mobile app.
      • March 2021: Over 60,000 users said they experienced problems with Facebook, while 38,000 Instagram users also reported issues.
      • September 2021: Facebook users are locked out of their accounts.
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        Facebook market value tumbled by $50bn

        Facebook saw $50bn wiped from it’s market value yesterday as the social media giant and affiliated sites went crashing down yesterday afternoon.

        It took nearly six hours for Facebook and Instagram to be partially reconnected – with shares in the company falling 5% as engineers attempted to root out the problem.

        According to the Telegraph, it means Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg saw his wealth drop $7bn, after 2.8bn Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp users could not use the service.

        Due to “configuration changes on the backbone routers” – mainly a bug or a mistaken code update – around 60,000 employees were unable to communicate internally.

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        Hacked data for sale, claims forum user

        Users claimed Facebook was hacked as it was alleged the personal data of 1.5 billion users’ appeared on a hackers’ forum.

        This has the potential to let cybercriminals and unscrupulous advertisers to plunder the personal details of people from across the globe.

        According to the data privacy website PrivacyAffairs, a user of a known hacker forum posted an announcement claiming to possess the personal data of more than 1.5 billion Facebook users.

        The information was up for sale.

        One prospective buyer claims to have been quoted £3,700 for the data of a million Facebook user accounts.

        The data allegedly includes users’ name, email, location, gender, phone number and user ID.

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        Facebook outage: What actually went wrong?

        So we know that Facebook told the internet it didn’t exist any more. But why?

        The details are still light, but Facebook was doing an update – and did it wrong.

        “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication,” Facebook’s Santosh Janardhan said.

        “This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt.”

        Basically, Facebook’s own routers – which connect Facebook servers to the internet – were configured wrongly. So rather than a cyber-attack, overloaded servers or physical damage, it was simply a dodgy update.

        And in seconds, it took billions of users offline for hours.

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        ‘Configuration changes to backbone routers’

        Facebook said in a statement: “Our engineering teams have learned that configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centres caused issues that interrupted this communication.

        “This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centres communicate, bringing our services to a halt.

        “We want to make clear at this time we believe the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change. We also have no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.”

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        Facebook ‘cannot rule out foul play’

        BBC North America’s Jamas Clayton said in an analysis of the outage: “Interesting too that the outage hampered Facebook’s ability to tackle the crash – bringing down internal tools needed to remedy the problem.

        “It should also be said that Facebook’s statement is carefully written. It doesn’t rule out foul play”.

        Following the statement this morning, Jake Moore, the former Head of Digital Forensics at Dorset Police, said: “It is apparent that yesterday’s outage was not due to an external cyber-attack.

        “Web-blackouts more often originate from an undiscovered software bug or even human error.

        “That said it is quite interesting that Facebook’s statement has not ruled out foul play.

        The Cybersecurity Specialist at security firm ESET continued: “Like the locks on a bank safe, the money inside is only as secure as the person with the keys – cybersecurity is as much about a company’s own internal security procedures as it is about fending off outsider attacks”.

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        Russia: Facebook outage shows internet sovereignty needed

        Russian social networks reported a spike in activity during Monday’s global Facebook outage which Moscow officials said showed that Russia was right to develop its own sovereign internet platforms and social networks.

        Russia has sought for years to assert greater sovereignty over its internet segment, putting pressure on foreign tech firms to delete content and store data in Russia. It has also improved its ability to block platforms that break its rules.

        Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said during the near six-hour outage of Facebook services on Monday evening that this “answers the question of whether we need our own social networks and internet platforms”.

        Facebook blamed its outage, which kept its 3.5 billion users from accessing services such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, on a faulty configuration change.

        Russia’s largest home-grown social network, Vkontakte, has far more daily users in the country than Facebook and reported a spike in messages and users after Facebook’s services dropped.

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        Facebook whistleblower says tech giant knows ‘harmful content’ has kids ‘hooked’ 

        A Facebook whistleblower today said the firm's content harms kids and its executives refuse to make changes because they boost profits.

        Former data scientist Frances Haugen, 37, testified to Congress accusing the tech giant of being aware of apparent harm to some teens from Instagram.

        She also claimed the social network knows it fuels division in the US and is being dishonest in its public fight against hate and misinformation.

        Facebook denies these allegations.

        Haugen has come forward armed with thousands of pages of internal documents she secretly copied before leaving her job in the company's civic integrity unit.

        She also has filed complaints with federal authorities alleging the firm's own research shows that it amplifies hate, misinformation and political unrest.

        Haugen says she is speaking out because of her belief that Facebook's products harm children, stoke division and weaken democracy.

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        Inside Facebook’s fractured regime where ‘engineers SPIED on women’

        Facebook suffered a major outage this week, losing millions in the process and plunging the business into chaos for a number of hours.

        But behind the scenes things have been fractured at the social media giant for some time, with accusations that it stifles competition and fails to crack down on disinformation.

        In fact, on Tuesday former Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen told Congress that the social network giant’s products harm children and fuel polarization in the U.S.

        She said executives refuse to make changes because they elevate profits over safety.

        But questions over Facebook's motives are nothing new and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been forced to try and defend the site he started with his Harvard College roommates nearly 20 years ago.

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        ‘$100MILLION lost’ during outage

        Facebook’s seven hour outage is said to have lost the company an estimated $100million in direct revenue.

        It’s also thought the issue could have been exacerbated by a ‘work from home policy’.

        Billions of dollars were also were also wiped off Facebook’s share price.

        The outage saw Facebook Inc’s second-worst day on the markets ever as its share price nose dived by $48billion.

        However, the price was already dropping due to a whistleblower making damning claims about the company.

        Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp crashed on Monday after a “bungled server update” and staff had to manually reset the system to get the sites back online, an expert has claimed.

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        Twitter flooded with Facebook outage memes

        Social media users flocked to Twitter to share memes about Facebook being down.

        One person posted an image of Mr Bean, who represented Twitter, and alongside him a character wrapped head-to-toe in bandages representing Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

        Others joked about Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, being sent in to fix the problem.

        One user shared a picture of an electrician fixing wiring and superimposed Zuckerberg’s face on top.

        Another posted a picture of a man with the Twitter logo posted over his face cheerily bending over a grave with WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook’s logos on it.

        A third posted a picture of Pixar superhero Mr Incredible saying “it’s showtime” with the caption: “When social media apps are down, Twitter be like…”

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