Another PR blunder for Bethesda as they leak customer names and addresses

Bethesda has been having a terrible time recently. First they release a shit game, then they send out shit bags, and now they’ve gone and leaked personal customer information to other customers. The past few months have been nothing short of a PR nightmare for the gaming giant.

The data breach happened late last night, and saw users who had submitted a support ticket on the Bethesda website receive support tickets from other users back which contained personal information such as usernames, addresses and full names, as well as some other personal details.

Various people were sharing screenshots of the breach on Twitter (making the whole situation even worse):

As you can see, most of the support tickets were regarding the bag replacement for customers who purchased the collectors edition of Fallout 76, which is no surprise. Unfortunately, since these users are all looking for replacement bags, their addresses and names were included in the ticket as well as the occasional last 4 digits of the payment card.

Bethesda hasn’t said how this balls up happened, but it was most likely a screw up from a developer seeing as it’s not a hack. They did acknowledge the situation:

“We experienced an error with our customer support website that allowed some customers to view support tickets submitted by a limited number of other customers during a brief exposure window, Upon discovery, we immediately took down the website to fix the error.

We are still investigating the incident and will provide additional updates as we learn more. During the incident it appears that the user name, name, contact information, and proof of purchase information provided by a limited number of customers on their support ticket requests, may have been viewable by other customers accessing the customer support website for a limited time, but no full credit card numbers or passwords were disclosed. We plan to notify customers who may have been impacted.

Bethesda takes the privacy of our customers seriously, and we sincerely apologise for this situation.”

Fallout 76 has been nothing less than a disaster for Bethesda, ever since launch the game has had problems. You have to feel a bit sorry for them, whenever they try to fix something they mess something else up, it’s like a vicious cycle and I hope they can pull themselves out of it.

Ricky spent most of his childhood playing games, mainly FPS and RPG games and this has continued into his adult life. You’ll regularly see him on Overwatch until he rages, then he'll move on to FIFA until he rages again - then he gives up on multiplayer games and chills out with a single player adventure.

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