2,025 games industry professionals have had their private information leaked online by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) — the organizers of the high-profile E3 video game exposition.
The leak was initially discovered by Sophia Narwitz, a YouTube creator.
The private information was organized in a list that was meant to provide E3 exhibitors with the relevant information to invite industry professionals and media to attend private viewings and events. This list was made available via a download link on the event’s website.
The Entertainment Software Association has removed the link in question.
The ESA has also released an official statement and apology for the leak, which has been reproduced below:
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.
The leak of personal information from the ESA highlights an ever-increasing trend in today’s increasingly digital world — namely, the leaking of private information. Various solutions already exist which may help prevent such security breaches. The most obvious solutions come in the form of blockchain technology, which has been made famous by Bitcoin and various altcoins that have popped up in its wake.
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Images/videos courtesy of Darwin Laganzon/Gerd Altmann from Pixabay, YouTube/Sophia Narwitz.