On July 31, news broke that HBO had faced a major cyberattack. The hackers who executed the attack claimed to have acquired 1.5 terabytes of data from the network allegedly including scripts and other content of HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones.
The first thing the hackers did was to release unaired episodes of Ballers and Room 104 online. But they didn’t stop there, sending a cryptic and oddly worded email several to different members of the media that, per EW, read:
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
What we know about the HBO hack so far
HBO has confirmed that a cyberattack occurred, both to news outlets and in interior proclamations. “The problem before us is unfortunately all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of,” HBO Chair and CEO Richard Plepler wrote in an email.
Beyond the already released programming and Game of Thrones episode outline, it’s unclear exactly what else the hackers might have. One major concern is how much of the data might go beyond HBO programming to include company financial documents, employee emails, or the personal information of employees and customers.
According to Variety, an internet security company called IP Echelon has been tasked with scrubbing internet search results for the hacked files. The organization purportedly sent a DMCA takedown notice to Google on Tuesday, August 1, to constrain the web index to evacuate any connects to spilled HBO records, which it said included “a huge number of Home Box Office (HBO) inward organization reports” and “masses of copyrighted things including archives, pictures, recordings, and sound.”
On Wednesday, August 2, Plepler sent a notice to representatives that expressed “we do not believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing”
On Thursday, August 3, somebody passing by the name of “Kind Mr. Smith,” who cases to have been executed the assault, sent an email to an obscure rundown of beneficiaries that incorporated the Hollywood Reporter. “HBO (exceptionally Poor Richard) is Bluffing. We have “STILL” full access to their webmails….,” the email stated, obviously remarking on Plepler’s email to HBO workers. The email likewise guaranteed that “Kind Mr. Smith” had “weeks” of transactions with HBO in regards to the stolen data. “They broke their guarantees and need to play with us,” the email says. It is unverified in the matter of whether the sender was without a doubt engaged with the hack.
On Monday, August 7, “a publicly accessible link to a cache of internal documents” from the hack was posted online, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The cache reportedly includes emails from one of HBO’s top executives — the first evidence that HBO’s corporate email system may have been breached — along with several internal documents (including one labeled “Script GOT7”). In a statement, HBO said, “While it has been reported that a number of emails have been made public, the review to date has not given us a reason to believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised.”
Information surrounding the hackers’ motive and whether they’re asking for ransom has remained blurry and influx. The Hollywood Reporter reported on August 7 that the hackers sent a video letter directed to Plepler demanding money. But this may be a more recent development, as the site had previously stated that according to its sources, there was no ransom demand.
The latest episode of Game of Thrones’ seventh season, which authoritatively disclosed Sunday night, leaked online two days before its presentation. In any case, the break was not associated with the hack, and rather includes HBO’s dissemination accomplice, Star India.
What happened today?
Today, 17 August 2017 Several HBO Twitter accounts were hacked and taken over by the notorious OurMine hacking group, posting #HBOHacked messages and warnings about security.
OurMine took control of the main HBO Twitter account on Wednesday, as well as those for TV shows including Game of Thrones and Girls, posting its usual statement:
Hi, OurMine is here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security.
There’s no good day to get hacked. But HBO is already dealing with a multi-week standoff with a team of extortionate hackers who have begun releasing episodes of shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm — the length of which has clearly left the company very annoyed — and episodes of Game of Thrones continue to leak online. Given that, it’s safe the company should have been and probably was on high alert for any other possible security holes. So this is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day to get hacked.
Maybe HBO should just release the rest of Game of Thrones now to get the monkeys off its back. Come on. Do it. You know you’ll feel better.
Bronn would want you to.
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