E3’s organizer apologizes after revealing information for thousands of journalists

E3’s organizer apologizes after revealing information for thousands of journalists

11:06am, 3rd August, 2019
The Entertainment Software Association issued an apology of sorts after making available the contact information for more than 2,000 journalists and analysts who attended this year’s E3. “ESA was made aware of a website vulnerability that led to the contact list of registered journalists attending E3 being made public,” the organization said via statement. “Once notified, we immediately took steps to protect that data and shut down the site, which is no longer available. We regret this this occurrence and have put measures in place to ensure it will not occur again.” It’s not clear whether the organization attempted to reach out to those impacted by the breach. In a kind of bungle that utterly boggles the mind in 2019, the ESA had made available on its site a full spreadsheet of contact information for thousands of attendees, including email addresses, phone numbers and physical addresses. While many or most of the addresses appear to be businesses, journalists often work remotely, and the availability of a home address online can present a real safety concern. After all, many gaming journalists are routinely targets of harassments and threats of physical violence for the simple act of writing about video games on the internet. That’s the reality of the world we currently live in. And while the information leaked could have been worse, there’s a real potential human consequence here. That, in turn, presents a pretty compelling case that the ESA is going to have a pretty big headache on its hands under GDPR. Per the rules, In the case of a personal data breach, the controller shall without undue delay and, where feasible, not later than 72 hours after having become aware of it, notify the personal data breach to the supervisory authority competent in accordance with Article 55, unless the personal data breach is unlikely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons. Where the notification to the supervisory authority is not made within 72 hours, it shall be accompanied by reasons for the delay. There is, indeed, a pretty strong argument to made that said breach could “result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons.” Failure to notify individuals in the allotted time period could, in turn, result in some hefty fines. It’s hard to say how long the ESA knew about the information, though YouTuber Sophia Narwitz, who first brought this information to light publicly, may have also been the first to alert the organization. The ESA appears to have been reasonably responsive in pulling the spreadsheet down, but the internet is always faster, and that information is still floating around online and fairy easily found. that spreadsheets like these are incredibly valuable to convention organizations, representing contact information some of the top journalists in any given industry. Many will no doubt think twice before sharing this kind of information again, of course. Notably (and, yes, ironically), the Black Hat security conference this time last year. It chalked the issue up to a “legacy system.” Natasha Lomas contributed to this report
Vancouver, B.C., steps in for Seattle as thousands gather for The International ‘Dota 2’ championships

Vancouver, B.C., steps in for Seattle as thousands gather for The International ‘Dota 2’ championships

5:36pm, 21st August, 2018
They come from “all corners of the Earth,” and this week, instead of settling in Seattle, competitors and rabid fans have assembled three hours north, in Vancouver, B.C., for The International, the huge “Dota 2” esports tournament. Bellevue, Wash.-based gaming giant Valve moved the tournament to Canada for the first time after holding it at Seattle’s KeyArena for four years. When the decision was made in March, of the venue at Seattle Center. Now Rogers Arena is playing host to the main event — which opened Monday and runs through Saturday — and its thousands of attendees and big tourism dollars. A video from the opening ceremony, above, was a mix of live music, acrobatics, team introductions and footage of gamers’ agony and ecstasy from previous competitions. Valve co-founder Gabe Newell then took the stage to welcome everyone. “I do want to personally thank our Canadian neighbors,” Newell said. “Putting on an event like this when you have people coming from 64 nations is really challenging.” Newell had previously said that The International because of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, but blame was ultimately placed on the $700 million renovation of KeyArena. The prize pool for The International is almost $25 million, with more than $10 million of that going to the first place team. If you’re not in Vancouver with thousands of other “Dota 2” fans, the action is being . You can also check out the scene so far in some images from the official Instagram account: A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:23pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:47pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:42pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 12:13pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 3:13pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 6:16pm PDT A post shared by (@dota2ti) on Aug 20, 2018 at 8:53pm PDT