Just like Yahoo, Target and Sony before, HBO has been hacked. In a statement, released via EW, network confirmed that there has a been a ‘cyber incident’ which has compromised some of their proprietary information:
“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information. 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.”
Hackers claimed to have stolen about 1.5 TB of data and advance episodes of Room 104 and Ballers as well as the script of fourth episode of Game of Thrones season 7 have already surfaced online. Hackers also released the following statement to select reporters:
“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.”
At the time of writing this article, no leaked episodes of Game of Thrones have been put online but hackers have promised that more is ‘coming soon’.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler also confirmed the cyber attack in an email to network’s employees:
“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. 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. It is a textbook example of quintessential HBO teamwork. 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.”