Beware the Mother of Dragnets? HBO Hack Worse Than Sony Data Disaster

05 August, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • Game Of Thrones fans were not happy when details of the seventh season were leaked last year

However, they've promised that more is on the way, and with a potential 1.5 terabytes of data at their disposal, they could be in possession of quite a lot. Time will tell whether this will be a more devastating leak, though HBO leadership was quick to inform its employees that the company email system had not been breached. Now the hackers have launched their website called WinterLeak, where they claim to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data, and have uploaded it for anyone to download.

The network said in a statement on Monday that it was investigating the incident and was "working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms".

Hackers published upcoming episodes of multiple series, and "at least one" script or treatment, according to Entertainment Weekly.

In a world where exclusive content can command viewer loyalty (and generate enormous amounts of behavioral data for advertising), acquiring and controlling high-quality content has become part of an important strategy for companies that don't yet have it. Besides the alleged "Game of Thrones" script, un-aired episodes of shows "Ballers" and "Room 104" appeared online after the hack. "Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us". Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him. And in May, a hacker claimed to have stolen Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, but Disney chief Bob Iger later said the threat was a hoax.

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A security contractor from IP Echelon hired by HBO to remove leaked material from online sources found that the hackers stole "thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents", including employee data and possibly internal corporate email, in a situation that's reminiscent of the massive 2014 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Earlier this year, hackers also managed to leak episodes of Netflix's original series "Orange Is The New Black".

No episodes of the network's most popular show have leaked online, though the greatest fear now for HBO executives is the possibility emails and other communications may have been stolen and could be published online. Just a couple weeks ago, a Thrones trailer to be screened at Comic-Con leaked onto YouTube in advance of its release.

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