Latest Hollywood Cyberattack Could Burn HBO's Most Popular Show

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07 August, 2017

Sometimes when hackers steal data from companies, they seek a ransom in exchange for not publishing the data. The network now fears that "video footage, internal documents or even email correspondence" could next be made public.

Spoiler alert- US cable channel HBO says it's been hacked and its programming has been targeted. He wrote: "Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us". HBO is working with law enforcement and private security firms to examine the extent of the breach and to protect its data. "Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold".

Hackers that infiltrated the premium cable network HBO not only stole new episodes of the highly popular "Game of Thrones" series, but also reportedly purloined "Curb Your Enthusiasm" content, according to a Bloomberg report published Wednesday.

We reached out to HBO for comment on how big of a mess this entire situation is, but (surprise) didn't get much back. They've been hacked. Company information was stolen.

Life in Westeros is filled with dangers - rival houses, deadly diseases, armies of undead - but fans of Game of Thrones now have their own enemies to watch out for: leaks and spoilers.

The common denominator in these hacks is that the companies involved all have been coy about the amount of information they were willing to share.

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That claim, though unproven, has led to comparisons with the Sony Pictures hack of 2014, when 200 GB of emails and other internal documents were released.

Chairman Richard Plepler told employees in a Monday email seen by Reuters that the hackers had stolen "proprietary information", including some programming.

By comparison, however, the Sony hack looks nearly quaint compared to what HBO is potentially up against.

Questions remain about whether this incident is an extortion attempt, as many Hollywood companies have experienced in the previous year, or if it's an attack and leak in the vein of the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

In early May, a hacker released 10 episodes of the Netflix television show "Orange Is the New Black", following a monthslong extortion attempt directed at Larsen Studios, a postproduction company that was working on the show.


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