Cybercriminals Attack Amazon’s Twitch

Will Amazon flinch over what security researchers are calling a EUtwitch of fateEU? The e-commerce giant has plenty to flinch about, given malware has invaded Twitch Interactive, a live video platform for gamers Amazon acquired for nearly $1 billion in August.

Cybercriminals hit Twitch with a malware attack that can spend its usersEU money. And Twitch has plenty of users to wipe clean. In July, over 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch. That content was produced by more than 1 million broadcasters -- including individual gamers, professional players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and stadium-filling sports organizations.

Put another way, cybercriminals see the same mass potential to generate income by deploying the malware on Twitch as Amazon saw when it decided to buy the innovative platform. Amazon was not immediately available for comment and has not offered a public statement on the security issue. However, a Twitch spokesman told The Register only one user has been in touch about the issue. Although the company said it does not think the issue is widespread, it is taking steps to limit the spread of the malware.

Have You Been Had?

EUWe recently received a report from a concerned user about malware that is being advertised via Twitch's chat feature,EU security firm F-Secure, which first reported the malware, said in a security alert.

According to F-SecureEUs report, hereEUs how it works: A Twitch-bot account bombards channels and invites viewers to participate in a weekly raffle for a chance to win things. The cybercriminals tempt gamers with "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive" items such as an M9 bayonet. The problem is, clicking on the link doesnEUt offer a welcome gift.

EUThe link provided by the Twitch-bot leads to a Java program which asks for the participant's name, e-mail address and permission to...

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