HBO hackers 'stole Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes, not emails'

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 3, 2017

Meanwhile, Variety was reporting that the hack may have been worse than first thought.

The recent cyberattack of HBO may be far worse than initially suspected according to sources familiar with the matter as reported on Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter (THR). Other series episodes that appear to have been leaked include "Insecure", "Room 104" and "Barry", which was not due to appear on the network until 2018.

HBO boss Richard Plepler assured his staff on Wednesday that, "At this time, we do not believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised" - if that is any assurance whatsoever.

The hack comes at a sensitive time for HBO, as its parent Time Warner Inc is waiting for regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October.

He wrote, "As promised, I wanted to update you on our recent cyber incident and where we now stand". There has been and will continue to be an enormous amount of speculation in the media.

'The fact that you have law enforcement and a [cybersecurity] firm involved most likely means this will be a very large incident for HBO'.

Many people have expressed particular concern about our e-mail system. "At this time, we do not believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing", he wrote.

A review of the hack is ongoing, and Plepler noted that the company is hiring an outside firm to assist employees with monitoring of their financial accounts.

"Meantime, continue to do the excellent work which defines this company across all departments and know that the appropriate teams are working round the clock to manage our way through this hard period", he said. The first four episodes of Game Of Thrones fifth season leaked shortly before the linear broadcast premiere in 2015.

ABC was also targeted by hackers when eight episodes of the unscripted Steve Harvey game show Funderdome were released online early.

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