The hackers sent an anonymous email to several reporters containing information about the leak and reportedly said that “HBO is falling,” and promised that more leaks would be coming soon, as they claim to have 1.5 terabytes of data stolen.
“Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What’s its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its 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.”
Confirming the hack to Mashable, the network shared, “We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”
While it’s not yet clear if the hackers obtained video of the upcoming Game of Thrones episode, this wouldn’t be the first time it was associated with leaks, as the first four episodes of Season 5 leaked online in 2015. Additionally in 2016, HBO Nordic in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland, accidentally released a Season 6 episode a full day early.
In an email to employees, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler described the hacking as “obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing,” although, he assured everyone that the company will be protected from any future cyber attacks.
In case you missed it, here’s a short clip of what will happen on next week’s ‘Game of Thrones.’
- Source: Mashable