E3 Accidentally Doxxed Over 2,000 Journalists, YouTubers, and Streamers

The Entertainment Software Association, which runs the E3 video game expo, accidentally made phone numbers, emails, names, and addresses of over 2,000 attendees public on their website. “A copy of the list was archived on several popular message boards for trolls, and includes the home addresses of many reporters,” reports BuzzFeed News. From the report: The leaked list was discovered by journalist and YouTube creator Sophia Narwitz. Narwitz made a video about the database, titled “The Entertainment Software Association just doxxed over 2000 journalists and content creators,” last week. Narwitz told BuzzFeed News that some members of the media criticized her following her video, accusing her of drawing attention to the list. Making Narwitz’s role in this more complicated is her history with the pro-GamerGate subreddit, r/KotakuInAction. She’s currently arguing publicly with members of the gaming site Kotaku. Based on screenshots Narwitz tweeted, however, she did attempt to notify ESA about the leak before making her video about it. “I think this whole event shows a stunning level of incompetence on the ESA’s part. The file wasn’t password protected, it was just in the open for anyone to download with a single click,” she said. Harassment against those included on the list appears to have already begun. “ESA was made aware of a website vulnerability that led to the contact list of registered journalists attending E3 being made public,” the ESA wrote in a statement provided to Kotaku. “Once notified, we immediately took steps to protect that data and shut down the site, which is no longer available. We regret this occurrence and have put measures in place to ensure it will not occur again.”

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