The cyberattack against HBO and its biggest series “Game of Thrones” is the latest reminder that Hollywood remains a vulnerable target for online pillagers.
For cybercriminals seeking attention, there are few greater prizes than the hottest show on television or the biggest movie in theaters.
The hackers who took credit for attacking HBO say they have stolen and leaked a trove of HBO data onto the Web, including a script for an upcoming episode of “Game of Thrones,” as well as video of new episodes of shows such as “Ballers,” “Insecure” and “Room 104.” And, they say, there’s more to come.
HBO confirmed in a statement Monday that it experienced a breach that compromised some of its programming and immediately began to investigate the incident, working with law enforcement and independent cybersecurity experts.
“The problem before us is unfortunately all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of,” HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler said in a memo to employees. “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.”
HBO declined to comment further on the investigation.
It’s unclear how hackers got access to HBO’s data, how much they stole or if there was a ransom (cybercriminals are notorious for exaggerating claims).
“Hi to all mankind,” the hackers said in emails to media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times. “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.”
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