From Hollywood to Bollywood, nobody is immune from cyber attacks of hackers. The latest victim is none other than HBO. As per Entertainment Weekly: “upcoming episodes of a couple series and at least one alleged script or treatment have been put online by hackers who breached the company’s systems,” and the hackers have threatened for more.
An anonymous email was sent to many reporters announcing the hack: “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.”
The leak includes the script of few upcoming episodes of Game Of Thrones as well. HBO confirmed the ironic news in a statement.
“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,”
It further added “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 have claimed to have obtained almost 1.5 terabytes of data from the media company and has apparently put upcoming episodes of Ballers and Room 104 online. HBO hasn’t commented on the details of the stolen content as of now but Game Of Thrones fans should brace themselves for spoilers of upcoming episodes.
HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler sent an email to HBO employees alerting them of the breach.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”