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Hackers Target HBO Social Media Accounts: Report

Premium programmer’s Twitter, Facebook accounts hit (Updated) 8/17/2017 10:53 AM Eastern Last updated at 8/17/2017 11:23 AM

Adding to a recent string of other cyberattacks, HBO’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were targeted by the hacking group OurMine Wednesday night, Variety reported.

“Hi, OurَMiَne are here, we are just testing your security ,HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine .org -> Contact,” the message read, Variety said, noting that the post made, at about 8 p.m. PT, has since been removed.

The report said that, in addition to HBO’s main account, the network’s Twitter account for Game of Thrones was also targeted by the hacking group.

HBO has been asked for further comment, but told The Hollywood Reporter that it is investigating the incident.

Update: HBO issued this statement: "The infringement on our social media accounts was recognized and rectified quickly."

Add HBO to a bigger group of high profile companies and people that has been targeted by OurMine, which has also hacked the Twitter accounts of Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, as well as Netflix and actor Channing Tatum.

The OurMine hack appears to be unrelated to other, recent cybersecurity breaches involving HBO. Four individuals in India linked to a technology vendor were arrested for allegedly leaking an episode of Game of Thrones. Separately, HBO was targeted by a bigger digital theft under which hackers claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of HBO data, including episodes of certain original programs and a GoT script.

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