Xbox, PlayStation Twitch Channels Compromised at Gamescom

Twitch swiftly deletes the "offensive" posts that contained racist and homophobic slurs.

The official Xbox, PlayStation, and eSports League (ESL) Twitch channels were compromised this week at Gamescom, with a third-party posting unauthorized and offensive messages to the profiles.

Polygon reports that someone altered the titles for archived streams on the Xbox, PlayStation, and ESL Twitch channels with all kinds of terrible messages, including jokes about Microsoft's exclusivity deal with Square Enix for Rise of the Tomb Raider and even fake announcements for new Fallout and Gears of War games. Others included racist and homophobic slurs.

According to a spokesperson for Twitch, the company believes the accounts were undermined by someone at Gamescom who was able to access a logged-in computer for Microsoft, Sony, and the ESL.

"We're deleting the offensive VODs as soon as we find them and are alerting individual teams at the venue," a Twitch representative said. "As a precautionary measure, we temporarily removed highlights and past broadcasts for those channels since it's in the early hours of the morning in Cologne."

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Discussion

30 comments
justbefahad
justbefahad

*face-palm* And THAT's why people should keep a close eye on 12-year old kids roaming around somebody else's computer.

mdign
mdign

Wow, only a sad pony could do this.

wookiegr
wookiegr

Those silly Hooligans....

michyeosseo
michyeosseo

"The company believes the accounts were undermined by someone at Gamescom who was able to access a logged-in computer for Microsoft, Sony, and the ESL."

And post some foul words and fake announcements? What, a 12 year old was part of the Gamescom staff?

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

So much for "Paying for online multiplayer" makes the services better. If it did, you'd think MS and Sony would have spent money on better security for this kind of event.

semi74
semi74

Soooo, trolling happened on Twitch.tv,  what else is new in this world.

RicanV
RicanV moderator moderator

Nice job Gamescom security.

wookiegr
wookiegr

Too bad they can't hijack the teleprompters.

sethfrost
sethfrost

After Google/YouTube's Twitch aquisition be prepared for 2-step authentification.

linthes999
linthes999

Sounds like angry fanboy hi-jinx

fede018
fede018

@mdign an X.bots can barely operate their console. They are so stupi.d, lol

hystavito
hystavito

@michyeosseo They could mean just someone present at the event, not necessarily someone working for the event.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@meedokicky More likely a staff member logged in on a publicly accessible computer and forgot to logout. Then, a random passerby (some 12 year old gamescom visitor) made use of the opportunity.


 They say as much, just not as specific "someone at Gamescom who was able to access a logged-in computer"...

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@RicanV "someone at Gamescom who was able to access a logged-in computer"

I'd say the person who logged-in, and left the computer unattended, is just as much to blame. Depending on where exactly that computer was located and how many people had access to that area, maybe the only one to blame.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@RicanV  LOL someone is p1ssed at Microsoft LOL angry ex fanbois maybe-

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y73sPHKxw

Teebown24
Teebown24

@Kinguard73 you didnt read the article at all did you. it said xbox, playstation AND the esl twitch channels all got compromised. so, not just microsoft.

Red122
Red122

@Teebown24 @Kinguard73 Seems like not many people read much they scan the headlines for certain words that peak their interest.