HBO CYBER ATTACK – The latest cyber attack to happen has hit Hollywood and this time it hit big! The HBO network has become the latest to be hit by a cyber-attack, resulting in the leak of a script of the popular series Games of Thrones and more content from other productions.
The network said on Monday that it was a victim of a cyber attack. A statement by the Time Warner-owned TV group said the attack resulted in “the compromise of proprietary information,” and that the company had contacted law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms to handle the situation.
“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.”
While the statement did not disclose what exactly was compromised in the cyber incident, reports say the hackers claim to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of data.
As a result, upcoming episodes of Ballers and Room 401 have allegedly been put online. There is also a script of the upcoming episode four of award-winning fantasy series, Game of Thrones which has been reportedly compromised.
The attack was made public on Sunday evening after US media houses including AFP received an anonymous email boasting of the hack:
“Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What’s its name? Oh, I forget to tell. It’s 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 hackers also tried to spread the information on Twitter using the name of HBO’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Jeff Cusson. The account has since been suspended.
In addition to the recent HBO cyber attack, Netflix and Disney are some of the major entertainment companies that had their fair share of similar attacks this year.