HBO programming stolen in cyberattack

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 4, 2017

Even more chilling, there was no ransom demand, say sources, leaving the motive in question and raising the specter that video footage, internal documents or even email correspondence could be leaked.

"I would suspect that it is likely driven just to get access to HBO content", McGregor said, "but with the amount of information taken, they may have gotten much more, including customer data and HBO internal documents".

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

HBO is still not commenting on what content might have been stolen, but the data includes programming and personnel information.

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However, HBO's CEO and president Richard Plepler allegedly told the network's staff, "At this time, we do not believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing".

The hack has seen data pertaining to the Game of Thrones series being compromised, leading to concerns that scripts of the new season of the show are in danger of being leaked online. While this obviously brings Sony's 2014 hack to mind, that was a far larger breach resulting in the release of "under a hundred" terabytes of data.

"We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms", the premium cable network told Entertainment Weekly. Those hacks, which included company email leaks, resulted in the head of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, stepping down. The leak appears to contain full episodes of Ballers (season 3, episodes 1-3), Barry (season 1, episodes 1-2), Room 104 (season 1, episodes 2-3), and Insecure (season 2, episode 2).

AT&T also recently agreed to buy Time Warner, which owns HBO, and there's a possibility that a hack of this size could have financial ramifications there, too. As for Game of Thrones-related information goes, the hackers have released an early draft of a script for "The Spoils of War", this Sunday's new episode, but nothing else. It originally prominently advertised "HBO HACKED" as well as the twin taglines "Winter in [sic] coming" and "HBO is falling".

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