Well, it was a very bad, no good, week for Twitch. The Amazon-owned streaming service suffered a devastating hack, with Twitch source code, streamer payouts, internal security tools, and more all dumped on 4chan. It’s about as thorough a data dump as you’ll see. Among the many repercussions: Twitch streamers experienced sudden, forced pay transparency, which quickly became a meme on social media and Twitch itself.
Twitch wasn’t the only unlucky tech titan this week. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp all got knocked out of service for several hours on Monday. No, it wasn’t hackers. Instead, Facebook accidentally withdrew its BGP route, effectively making it impossible for the rest of the internet to find it. Not only that, but it knocked Facebook’s own networks off the internet’s maps, meaning its engineers couldn’t fix the problem remotely. A real mess! The company experienced down time Friday afternoon as well, but not nearly as extensive an outage.
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A simple bug leaves AirTag users potentially vulnerable. And a judge found that the internet infrastructure company Cloudflare isn’t responsible for copyright-infringing sites that use its services.
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Everything’s fine now, it’s resolved; the Navy has its Facebook page back. But sometime Sunday night, someone managed to break into the account of the USS Kidd, a US Navy destroyer, and used that access to, well, stream the real-time strategy game Age of Empires. A Navy spokesperson confirmed to the military-focused news site Task & Purpose on Wednesday that someone gained “unauthorized access” to the Facebook page.
The streams were accompanied by brief messages like “hi guys” and “play game” and “ffffffffffff.” The likeliest culprit seems to be a family member of someone who has the keys to the USS Kidd’s social media account.
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