Game of Thrones
AOCG has learned that scripts of upcoming Game of Thrones episodes are online. Hackers who breached the company’s system has warned that “a lot is to come”. On Sunday, an anonymous email was sent to many reporters. Announcing HBO Hacked: Game of Thrones Episodes Data Leaked. Speaking about this, HBO network has confirmed a statement about the incident.
“We are investigating the incident along with cyber security firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO. While in we take it seriously.”
More importantly, hackers have obtained 1.5 terabytes Game of Thrones episode data. So far, an upcoming episode of Ballers and Room 104 have apparently been put online. There are written materials allegedly from next week’s Game of Thrones episode 4. Whatever happens, more is “coming soon.”
Though HBO is not commenting on stolen data, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler had emailed to HBO employees alerting them of the breach. On this incident, HBO CEO said:
“Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling and disturbing for all of us. I can assure everyone that our extraordinary technology team with the outside experts are working eventually to protect our collective interests. It is a textbook example of quintessential HBO teamwork. Unfortunately, the incident is now all too familiar in the world. I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully.”
An Anonymous Email
An Anonymous Email sent to many reporters’ states this:
“Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What is its name? Oh, I forget to tell. It’s HBO and Game of Thrones episodes. 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.”
It’s still unclear if the hackers actually got upcoming Game of Thrones episodes. In any case, if it is seriously true then what would be the crown jewel target for an HBO cyber breach. The biggest Hollywood hack victim was Sony in 2014. Approximately about 100 terabytes of data were uploaded online.
For years, HBO has fought a long cyber-battle but finally lost. HBO couldn’t keep Game of Thrones Episodes storylines secret. Now, the show’s content is illegally getting distributed particularly before episodes air.
In season 5, the first four Game of Thrones episodes leaked online before the show’s season premiere. Since then HBO has halted the practice of sending any episodes in advance. That same year, some clips also leaked ahead of time from overseas HBO distributors. But, this is the first time the HBO has been the victim of an actual cyber-attack.