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CEO DATELINE – Video game group apologizes for leaking journalists’ info

Aug. 6, 2019
By Walt Williams

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The Entertainment Software Association has apologized for accidentally disclosing the contact information of more than 2,000 journalists and online content creators through the website of its E3 Expo trade show, the industry news site Kotaku reported.

A spreadsheet containing the information was published and publicly accessible on the website. Most journalists provide their work office numbers and addresses to ESA to gain access to the popular trade show, but some content creators use their home addresses and personal cell phone numbers. At least two people said they have received crank phone calls since the list was made public, according to the news site.

ESA said in a statement that it was recently made aware of a website vulnerability that exposed the information and corrected the problem.

“Once notified, we immediately took steps to protect that data and shut down the site, which is no longer available,” the association said. “We regret this occurrence and have put measures in place to ensure it will not occur again.”

ESA declined to comment on Kotaku’s request about why the file was not password protected or how long it had been available to the public.