HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information, the network has confirmed in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.
Though investigations are already in full swing, reports indicate that hackers have supposedly obtained 1.5 terabytes of data from the company. So far, an upcoming episode of Ballers and Room 104 have apparently been put online. There is also written material that’s allegedly from next week’s fourth episode of Game of Thrones.
The hackers sent an email to several reporters on Sunday night that read: “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.”
HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler sent an email to HBO employees saying: “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.” (Source: Entertainment Weekly)
Game of Thrones has been a target previously as well; in 2015, the first four episodes of season 5 leaked online. Earlier in 2014, Sony was victim to one of the biggest hacks where approximately 100 terabytes of data was uploaded online.