HBO hacked; Game of Thrones’ script leaked online

By : |August 1, 2017 0

Hollywood seems to be the top target for hackers these days with HBO being its latest casualty. According to Entertainment Weekly, an upcoming Game of Thrones script and two unreleased episodes of Ballers and Room 104 have been leaked online after a security breach at HBO where hackers claim to have made off with 1.5 terabytes of its data.

HBO notified its employees of the breach Monday morning. “As most of you have probably heard by now, there has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming,” Richard Plepler, HBO’s chairman and CEO wrote in an email. “Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us. I can assure you that senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team, along with outside experts, are working round the clock to protect our collective interests.”

On Sunday, an anonymous email was sent to many reporters announcing the hack that read “You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it & spread the words.” HBO isn’t divulging what all has been stolen from its closet citing the ongoing investigation.

Game of Thrones has struggled with the leaks in the past too. In 2015, the first four episodes of season 5 leaked online. HBO eventually confirmed that they came from advance screeners usually given to an approved group, like members of the press. In 2016, HBO Nordic, which is available in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, accidentally released a season 6 episode a full day early.

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