More than 2,000 reporters, publishers and other content creators have lately realized that all their contact data and private addresses have been released on E3 Expo’s website.
Since then, the Entertainment Software Association (E3) has deleted the connection to the file itself, but the data continues to be distributed online in several forums.
Während many people listed in the documents their job address and telephone numbers, many others, when they registered for E3 provided in particular independent content creators, appear to have used their home addresses and personal cellphones that have now been publicized.
This leak allows poor players to misuse the data in order to harass reporters. Two individuals who claim they have already got crank phone calls since the list was published.
This paper was first published on YouTube, published on her private channel Friday night by reporter Sophia Narwitz. In her video, Narwitz described the accessibility of the file: A linked webpage with a simple link entitled ‘Registered Media List’ was installed on the website of the public E3.
By clicking the link, a spreadsheet containing names, addresses, telephone numbers and the public of over 2,000 press members participating in E3 was downloaded. Even after this page was removed, the E3 servers would download a spreadsheet by clicking on a link in the cached Google version of the page.
Narwitz released her YouTube video of leaks after the file link page was deleted, apparently because the file is no longer available. Soon after, on social media, users noticed that although the connection to the file was deleted, the table file itself was still available.
Private information of 2,025 industry games reporters and video manufacturers was diverted. This list involves the names of the reporters, streamers, YouTube creators and economic analysts, together with their home addresses, email addresses, and the phone names.
The ESA has since published a comprehensive explanation for the information leak.
The declaration reads:
“The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) was made aware yesterday of a website vulnerability on the exhibitor portal section of the E3 website. Unfortunately, a vulnerability was exploited and that list became public. We regret this happened and are sorry.
We provide ESA members and exhibitors a media list on a password-protected exhibitor site so they can invite you to E3 press events, connect with you for interviews, and let you know what they are showcasing. For more than 20 years there has never been an issue. When we found out, we took down the E3 exhibitor portal and ensured the media list was no longer available on the E3 website.
Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and have already taken steps to ensure this will not happen again.”