Earlier today, a massive amount of confidential information about Microsoft’s current and future plans for Xbox hardware and games was uploaded to a federal court website. It now appears that someone from the company may be responsible for this massive data leak.
Bloomberg It is reported, via unnamed sources, that the information was uploaded to the court website “accidentally” by someone at Microsoft. The site was a source of information about Microsoft’s current legal battle with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the company’s plans to acquire Activision Blizzard.
B Post on X (formerly Twitter)Douglas Parr, director of the FTC’s Office of Public Affairs, wrote, “The FTC was not responsible for putting Microsoft’s gaming and console plans on the court website.”
B Post X ContinuedFarr wrote that the judge in the FTC v. Microsoft case revealed that Microsoft provided a secure cloud link on September 14 and the court uploaded what was included in that link to its website, which mistakenly included “non-public information.”
The judge says Microsoft’s private information has been removed from the court’s website. However, it was too late, as the leaked information made its way across the internet this morning. It included information about Microsoft’s next Xbox consoles, including an Xbox Series X refresh planned for 2024 and a new console in 2028.
It also contained information about Microsoft’s next Xbox controller and a leaked schedule for upcoming games from its Bethesda Softworks studios. Microsoft has yet to offer any official or public comment on the information from this leak.
The court now says both the FTC and Microsoft will provide “amended trial exhibits” by September 22. In addition to using a secure link to the cloud, the parties will also “submit a written acknowledgment” confirming that the FTC and Microsoft have reviewed the files contained in these links and “certify that they contain only public information pursuant to court orders.”