HBO has recently been made the target of a new hack, and with it, comes the some leak of a new script from Game of Thrones season 7. Due to its major popularity as a global phenomenon, no actual series is quite as familiar with online piracy and hacking issues as Thrones.
Ever since 2014, Game of Thrones has actually been one of the most pirated TV series. And also the show’s piracy issues have only grown with each new season. With recent Game of Thrones‘ season 7 premiere having raked in over 10 million viewers. But it also been pirated 91.74 million times all around the world. It’s very much clear that Thrones online piracy issues are worst than ever now.
The US cable network officially has confirmed a ‘disturbing’ cyber-incident that likely reportedly led to the leak of future episodes and some scripts online.
“HBO recently experienced a major cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” the official network confirmed in a statement. “We immediately began investigating the incident and also are working with law enforcement and many outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top most priority at HBO. And we seriously take our responsibility to protect the data that we hold.”
Hackers actually claimed to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of data from the company. Now so far, an upcoming episode of Ballers and Room 104 also have apparently been put online. There is actually also written material that’s reportedly to be allegedly from next week’s fourth episode of Game of Thrones. Much more is promised to be “coming soon.”
HBO is not actually commenting on what content might have been stolen. The specifics of what hackers have taken have yet to be officially revealed. This morning, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler sent an official email to HBO employees alerting them of the breach.
Game of Thrones In Jeopardy As HBO Target Of Major Hack
In an email to all the employees, HBO’s chairman, Richard Piepler, described about the attack as “disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing”.
Reporters actually received an anonymous email on Sunday from the hackers that usually read: “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.”
The attack is now one of the latest in a line of hacks that aimed at major Hollywood companies following Disney being threatened with that early release of Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Similarly in April Netflix was also targeted with the leak of a new season of Orange Is the New Black.