HBO has become the latest victim of cyber attack. Hackers claim to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of data from the company and leaked an alleged script for an upcoming episode of “Game of Thrones“. New episodes of several shows like “Ballers”, “Insecure” and “Room 104” have also been put online. The hackers threaten to release more.
The premium cable channel has confirmed the breach. “HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” the network says in a statement. “We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”
HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler also addresses the breach in an email sent to HBO employees. He says, “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. The efforts across multiple departments have been nothing short of herculean.”
Plepler adds, “The problem before us is unfortunately all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of. As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully.”
The hackers first alerted reporters via an anonymous email about the hack on Sunday, July 30. “Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What’s its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its HBO and Game of Thrones……!!!!!! You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it & spread the words. Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him. HBO is falling,” read the email.
HBO is not commenting on what content might have been stolen.
In April, a hacker released episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” season 5 ahead of its official release date, after Netflix refused to pay a ransom. In May, hackers claimed to have stolen Walt Disney Co.’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, though Disney chief Bob Iger later said that the threat was a hoax.