Hackers attack HBO, leaks details of series’ episodes

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As the ratings wagon that is season 7 of HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones” (GOT) rolls on, the television giant is struggling to avoid the unwanted attention that comes with such mega-success.

Such unwanted attention is, of course, that of hackers, 2017’s version of bootleggers, who aren’t about to let their ability to wreak technological havoc sit idle while they wait to see how the plot wraps up in real time. No online content is safe, whether it’s highly classified political documentation or the script of an upcoming episode of a show featuring dragons and ice zombies.

A report released by Entertainment Weekly Monday states that HBO has confirmed a “cyber incident” that compromised company data and may also lead to the leak of the entire script of next week’s GOT episode.

“Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold,” the company said in a statement published by Entertainment Weekly.

The hackers boasted of their breaking of HBO’s firewall via an email to reporters Sunday night, describing the hack as “the greatest leak of the cyberspace era” and saying they specifically singled out “HBO and Game of Thrones.” The result of the hacking amounted to a substantial 1.5 terabytes of data, including the script of next week’s Thrones episode, the fourth of the seventh season, and forthcoming episodes of other HBO shows “Ballers” and “Room 104.” 

Hollywood has taken its fair share of cyber abuse this year. Production leaks have plagued “Game of Thrones” throughout the filming of season seven, and the hit Netflix show “Orange is the New Black” had new episodes leaked back in April.

HBO’s chairman and CEO Richard Plepler made a statement to employees regarding the incident.

“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,” Plepler wrote. “Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us.”

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