Posted on August 15, 2014, Marshall Lemon Xbox And PlayStation Twitch Accounts Compromised
Earlier today, Twitch accounts for PlayStation, Xbox, and the eSports League were accessed by someone who clearly didn’t represent these companies, leading to the posting of videos and messages that included fake game announcements and offensive slurs.
While efforts to remove the offensive content from Twitch is extensive, this being the internet, screengrabs of the incident are still circulating. Highlights from past Twitch broadcasts were reposted with new titles and descriptions, while messages announced new Fallout and Gears of War titles. Some posts even made light of events of the new Tomb Raider game being an Xbox One exclusive, stating “Sorry guys but they rose the money bags” (sic).
In a statement to Polygon, Twitch said it believes these accounts were compromised at the recent Gamescon convention by someone who accessed logged-in computers. “We’re deleting the offensive VODs as soon as we find them and are alerting individual teams at the venue,” a representative stated via email. Archived videos have been disabled on the Xbox and PlayStation channels until the matter is resolved fully.
It’s great to see that Twitch is working so quickly to resolve the problem, but once again, this shows how careful even companies need to be with login credentials.