Watch Dogs Website Leaks Real World E-mail Addresses
By George Denison on June 29th, 2012 (10 comments)
Watch Dogs, Ubisoft's paranoia-inducing open world thriller about hacking and data distribution, was revealed at this year's E3 and left many salivating with anticipation. However, in an ominous case of life imitating art, a promotion for the game has leaked hundreds of e-mail addresses belonging to people who signed up for an alternate reality game based around one of Watch Dog's characters, Joseph Demarco.
An e-mail detailing the fictitious character's demise contained the e-mail addresses in the Cc rather than the Bcc box, and affected anyone with an e-mail address beginning with a number or a letter up to I in the alphabet. This has reportedly left many on the receiving end of mass spam attacks.
The e-mail leak is deliciously ironic in the context of the game's central theme, but it seems a bit much to be a planned publicity stunt and is most likely a genuine and unfortunate mistake. One thing is for sure, though; after accidents like this and the PSN hacking fiasco, Watch Dogs will be highly relevant to the age we're living in when it hits the shelves next year.
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