1.5 TB of HBO data was just leaked on the Internet, and the online leak presented a link to a site that hosts an unreleased Game of Thrones script.
It also possessed the remaining unaired episodes of Ballers, Insecure, Room 104, and Barry. And according to the hackers, there’s plenty of leaked stuff. The company has confirmed that an attack took place. The channel, however, did not disclose the scope of the leak. “There has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming,” stated HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler in an email to the employees.
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On Sunday, July 30, 2017’s morning, an e-mail from an unnamed group declared to the reporters, “You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it and spread the word.”
There are not many details available about the hack. Furthermore, HBO has refused to comment on its ongoing investigation. Unlike other recent high-profile Hollywood hacks, the HBO hackers have compromised HBO itself. HBO sadly counted on lousy third-party security systems.
One of the hackers stated in the email to WIRED, “We successfully penetrated HBO’s huge network and gathered the most important files and films and scripts and so on.” The hackers also promised two full episodes of Game of Thrones, along with some upcoming feature films, which are supposedly the channel’s originals. The hacker was identified “Mr. Smith” in the email. “Mr. Smith” also alleged to have “obtained a lot of information about the popular channel’s internal stuff.”
Thankfully, none of this has yet been verified. And often, hackers boast about their claims. If this ordeal turns out to be true, it will certainly look like the Sony hack of 2014. And this might be extremely disturbing for the sole broadcaster.