HBO Hacked, Hackers Leak The Entire Script of Game of Thrones Season 7. Hackers say they have stolen 1.5TB Data From HBO including GoT Season 7 script
Your favorite TV show has been hacked and leaked. Yes, hackers today leaked the Game of Thrones Season 7 episodes. In what could be the biggest scandal hitting Hollywood after the infamous Sony Pictures data breach of 2014, HBO has confirmed that unknown hackers had successfully hacked into its servers and stolen vital files pertaining to scripts of its various TV shows including GoT Season 7.
The hacker then sent an email to the press informing that they have been successful in stealing about 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO servers. On Monday, the top cable service company in US and many parts of the world confirmed the hack, although it is not saying yet what information, or how much, has been taken.
HBO in a statement issued just minutes ago said, “HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information. We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cyber security firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”
The hackers managed to lay their hands on the top HBO serial, Game of Thrones Season 7 as well as upcoming episodes from multiple series—including Ballers and Room 104. The hackers have promised to release all the stolen material in public domain soon.
The hacker’s e-mail read as follows:
Hi to all mankind. 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. Most websites dismissed the email as a prank. However, when the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones season 7 was leaked online, it seemed that hackers had indeed access to the HBO servers. The hackers email also contained email id and telephone number of HBO Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications Jeff Cusson’s office.
The hackers used Cusson email id to open a Twitter account (now suspended) and spread the information about the Game of Thrones leak. The GoT leaks confirm that HBO severely lacks appropriate cyber defense mechanism as this hack happened despite HBO’s decision of not sending any screener versions to any members of press. In fact, they had asked the GoT cast to take extra security measures like enabling 2FA for their email accounts as well as iCloud accounts.
This is a developing story and we will keep you updated.