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Hackers Hit HBO

HBO investigating incident and claim that the hackers purloined 1.5 TB of data, including scripts, original shows   7/31/2017 5:12 PM Eastern

Hackers claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, including certain episodes of original shows and a script from an upcoming episode of Game of Thrones.

“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” HBO said in a statement. “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.”

“Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us,” Richard Plepler, HBO’s chairman and CEO, said in an email to employees.

An anonymous email sent Sunday to Multichannel News and other media outlets spread word about the hack, with the subject line of: “1.5 TB of HBO data just leaked!!!”

“Hi to all mankind,” the body of the email read. “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 email then links to a web site that contends to provide access to the video and scripts of third and fourth episodes of Game of Thrones, as well as the first episodes of season three of Ballers, episodes two and three of Room 104, episode two of season two of Insecure, and episodes one and two of upcoming original, Barry, along with a threat that the hackers were going to put more stolen HBO content online.

This HBO breach follows one that hit Netflix in May, when a hacker group called The Dark Overlord hacked into a production company that produced episodes of season five of the OTT provider’s popular original series, Orange is the New Black.

HBO didn’t detail the programming and data that was stolen. Here is the full memo to HBO employees from Plepler about the incident:

Dear Colleagues,

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. 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.

Richard

 

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