There was a security breach at HBO reported on August 8. 2017. The breach led to the disclosure of personal phone number and email addressed of all season 7 actors.
The hacker penetrated the HBO database and stole 1.5 terabytes of data. This includes the script for upcoming Game of Thrones episodes and two unreleased episodes, technical documents detailing HBO’s internal network, and administrator passwords. The data also consisted of one month of work emails from a vice president of programming, Leslie Cohen.
According to The Verge, the hacker had released a total of 3.4GB of data. They are requesting that HBO pay a ransom to prevent and further leaks.
HBO has said that they are reviewing all the data that has been leaked as a part of an ongoing forensic investigation.
Jeff, HBO’s spokesperson, told WIRE, ” The review of the data has not given us a reason to believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised.”
The hacker released the information online to thousands of people.
Assuming that HBO’s email systems have not been fully accessed then it will exempt the company an awkward repeat of the Sony Pictures incident. Hackers broke into Sony Pictures in 2014. Their leaked emails did the most damage to the company.
It is unlikely that the hacker obtained of actual Game of Throne episodes. On the other hand, there have been threats that there will be more leaks. Fortunately, there have only been leaks of Game of Throne scripts.
Unfortunately, the hackers have not been caught yet.
Written by Breanna Harris
Edited by Cathy Milne
The Verge: HBO hackers leak Game of Thrones stars’ phone numbers and addresses
BBC NEWS: Game of Thrones hackers demand ransom
THE WASHINGTON POST: Hackers post stolen HBO ‘Game of Thrones’ scripts online, demand Bitcoin ransom
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