Security Experts React to Twitch Data Breach

Twitch is sounding the alarm over a potential data breach. Hackers may have compromised the streaming video service and gained access to consumersEU personal data, including names and e-mail addresses.

In case you havenEUt heard of Twitch, itEUs officially an Amazon brand. In August, Amazon laid down nearly $1 billion in cash for Twitch, which caters to gamers who want to broadcast their virtual adventures online.

EUWe are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information,EU Twitch said in a blog post. EUFor your protection, we have expired passwords and stream keys and have disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube. As a result, you will be prompted to create a new password the next time you attempt to log into your Twitch account.EU

Good, Bad and Ugly

As is standard practice in todayEUs security world, Twitch is also recommending users change their passwords on any other Web sites where they used the same or similar credentials.

EUIn order to create a secure password, we suggest you use a long random character string with a mix of character types (letters, numbers, symbols),EU the company said. EUTo make it easy to remember, feel free to use words from the dictionary with multiple uncommon string substitutions.EU

Twitch gave examples of EUbad,EU EUokay,EU EUgoodEU and EUbestEU passwords. EUApplesauce1!EU is listed as a bad password because although there are different character types, the password is predominantly a single word from the dictionary.

By contrast, Twitch rates EUILoveGreenApplesauceEU as EUokayEU because there are multiple words and lots of characters, but the words are too common. An example of a EUgoodEU password is EU!70v3Gr33n@pple$auce?EU because it uses multiple words and lots of characters with uncommon substitutions. But Twitch said the EUbestEU passwords use a reputable password manager with a random password generator.

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