Game of Thrones TV company suffers breach

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 10, 2017

The hackers who made headlines with the leak of unreleased HBO shows last week apparently also got their hands on some internal emails, as well as marketing materials and other documents related to "Game of Thrones".

The data dump included what appear to be scripts from five "Game of Thrones" episodes, including one upcoming episode, and a month's worth of email from the account of Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming.

Additionally, one leaked document allegedly includes the personal information (email addresses and phone numbers) of several Game of Thrones stars, including Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey.

Despite the most recent release of data including emails, HBO has held that its email server was not breached. It said in its statement that it does not believe its "e-mail as a whole" was compromised, and added that it believed further leaks might emerge from the incident.

Accompanying the latest leak was a letter from the hackers. "We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner's end to swiftly determine the cause".

"The forensic review is ongoing", HBO said in an emailed statement, noting that it was working with cyber security experts and law enforcement.

Documents in the latest leak were marked "HBO is falling", according to the Wired news site, and included legal information, employment agreements and other company files. "HBO spends $12 million for market research and $5 million for (GoT series seven) advertisements". The hackers also claim to have proof of HBO evading taxes. The report didn't identify the executive or the contents of the emails.

While the amount was redacted from the letter, the group asked for a "six-month salary" paid in bitcoin. "You will see in future steps in our operation that we fulfill any promises made and any given word", the group wrote.

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