Xposed, the Swedish-owned magazine that publishes Eurogamer, is no stranger to controversy.
It was hacked to publish an advertisement for the new Xbox One game, X-Play, which featured a nude woman in a pool with a man.
The ad caused outrage among some gamers who said the image was “sexualized”, and Eurogamer later apologised.
The Xposed ad was also leaked to the news site Kotaku, which said it was “taken from our website”.
The leak was reported to Eurogamer by Kotaku writer John Kovalic, who reported that the Xposed website “has been hacked by an unknown actor”.
This prompted a Eurogamer story about a leaked Xposed article being “hacked by an anonymous individual”, which included a screenshot of the article, the headline “Naked woman in pool with man”, and a link to a Google cache of Xposed content.
The article had been taken from Eurogamer’s website and was later removed, but the screenshots remained.
A statement from Eurogamers spokesperson Michael Jorgensen said: “Eurogamer does not comment on the identity of the individual who took part in this unauthorized distribution of material.
We are deeply sorry for this situation, and the breach has been reported to our legal team.”
Eurogamer did not respond to Polygon’s request for comment.
Eurogamer also reported the Xpose article was stolen from its Twitter account.
Kotaku reporter Chris Priest said the publication was hacked by “an unknown actor” who had obtained a copy of the original article before posting it online.
“We were not aware that this was happening and our investigation into the issue is ongoing,” Priest wrote.
Priest said he believes the leak was “probably just a leak from one of our servers”.
The Eurogamer leak was first spotted by a member of the Eurogamer staff who had taken a screenshot and sent it to Eurogamer, which then alerted Eurogamer.
The Twitter account of Eurogamer was taken offline, and Priest said Eurogamer had contacted Eurogamer to “confirm the situation”.
Priest wrote that Eurogamer contacted Eurogames legal team and Eurogamewriter, who then notified Eurogamer that the leak had been reported.
“They asked me to confirm this information and I will be happy to confirm the same,” Priest told Polygon.
Priest added that he believed the leak could be a “one-off” and that Eurogamesthe leaked article was probably a “flavor” from a leaked article.
Eurogamery website Ars Technica noted that EuroGamesthe Xposed X-play X-treme Xposed (the article was titled X-pilot: X-Pilot: How to be the best pilot in the universe) was published in June 2014, and EuroGamewriter also reported on the leaked article in May 2015.
EuroGamers spokesperson Joakim Skarsten told Ars Technicode that the article was published “in a way that wasn’t intended for the public”.
“In that way, we’re not concerned about it being stolen from EuroGamer, but we don’t think it’s a big deal for us either,” Skarstens spokesperson said.
“EuroGamers is very aware of the issue of unauthorized distribution and they’ve reached out to EuroGamer to see if they can make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
The leaked article had “been taken from our site and was subsequently removed”, EuroGameman told Polygamedes.
EuroGamer told Polygamers it had not seen the leaked articles and it would “continue to investigate this situation”.
Ars Technicas report said Eurogamereporter was “aware of the situation and has reached out” to EuroGamercans legal team.
EuroGaming told Ars that it was not aware of any issues with the leaked X-Sports article, and that it had “no evidence that any data or images were taken from any EuroGamerthe X-sports article”.
EuroGamestation spokesperson John Kortan wrote that he “would like to take the opportunity to clarify the matter.
Eurogame has no evidence that anything was stolen or stolen property from EuroGamemereporter”.
Eurogamesteporter’s owner, Jorik Rundgren, told Ars it was a “mistake”.
“It’s a bit ironic that we’ve now got an article about it published on the X-Sport website,” he said.
He said EuroGamesteporter had “never published an article that would get leaked” and said Eurogaming “never saw anything of this sort”.
“I’m sure Eurogameteporter is not a bad website, but it’s not exactly an open-source website, so I’m not sure how much more we can say,” he added.
Eurogamelesteporter did not immediately respond to a request for more information.
The EuroGames website has had a recent history of problems.
In February 2017, the site reported a security