Personal data of more than 2 thousand employees of the industry appeared in public access.
On 2 August, former Nichegamer journalist Sophia Narwitz spoke about the leakage of more than 2,000 participants in the last E3 exhibition.
As it turned out, there was a link on the E3 official website that led to the list of registered media representatives, bloggers and streamers. The list includes the full names, addresses and phone numbers of the participants.
The list included personal data from journalists IGN, Polygon, PC Gamer, The Verge and other publications. It also got streamers from Twitch and Mixer, which covered the last exhibition.
Sophia Narvits contacted the ESA (Entertainment Software Association), reporting a problem. The link was soon removed from the site, but the list itself is already leaked to the network.
I can personally verify that the list is still semi-publicly available. God, this is bad.— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) 3 August 2019
It has almost every @IGN, @Polygon, @GameInformer, @PCGamesN, @PCGamer, @Eurogamer, @TheVerge, @VICE, etc. game journalists, plus Twitch, Mixer streamers and YouTubers who attended E3.Advertisement
I can personally confirm that the list is still available semi-publicly. God it’s awful
Also, netizens reported that the list hit the Kiwi Farms forum dedicated to harassing people.
ResetEra created a post dedicated to data leakage, but links to the original Narvitz video were quickly blocked by moderators.
ResetEra is trying to sweep my reporting under the rug. Real classy, guys. pic.twitter.com/6krJMiuUKa— Sophia Narwitz (@SophNar0747) 3 August 2019
ResetEra is trying to hush up my report. Just gorgeous
According to a source Narvits, in the ESA they knew about the vulnerability since February. At the moment, journalists whose data were on the list are preparing a class action lawsuit. In the European court for violation of the conditions of storage of personal data can sue up to 20 million euros.