HBO Hack Leaks Future Game Of Thrones Script

Jay Jacobs
August 5, 2017

HBO's chief said on Wednesday that the company is conducting a forensic review of its computer systems to better understand the scope of a cyber attack that surfaced over the weekend.

The breach, announced Sunday in an anonymous email to reporters ("HBO is falling", it warned), contains an alleged 1.5 terabytes of data-including future episodes of Dwayne Johnson-led Ballers and the Duplass brothers' new anthology series Room 104. The leaked episodes originated "from within a group approved by HBO to receive them", HBO said at the time.

The hack also may have implications for the pending sale of HBO parent Time Warner to AT&T, which was agreed to in October at the price of $85 billion.

One positive aspect of the situation is that HBO notified employees and the public within days of finding out about the hack, whereas others waited months or even years before reporting security breaches that could have left customers vulnerable to identity theft or other problems.

An HBO spokesman declined to discuss details of the hack. The hacker said more material would be "coming soon".

HBO president and CEO Richard Plepler informed employees the hackers likely didn't break into its email system. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening.

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Hackers also posted user names and passwords of a senior executive, Variety reported, at least one of which could have given access to the executive's work email.

"We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms", the premium cable network told Entertainment Weekly.

When we tried the Winter Leaks URL it took us to a Reddit thread that promises downloads of hot and fresh out the kitchen HBO shows, as well personnel data and a message that suggests more secret stuff will follow.

Incredibly, this isn't related to the hack-it's just really unfortunate timing, as Vulture and other outlets have confirmed that "The Spoils of War" was acquired in a data breach from the show's Indian distributor, Star India-presumably from a different group of hackers who have yet to identify themselves. Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him.

The hackers that broke into HBO's systems have apparently gained access to much more than a few pieces of content, according to reports.

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