Spoiler alert: HBO and Game of Thrones hacked

The recent hack of television network HBO may have been worse than first thought. Initially, it was suggested that only a few unaired episodes of programmes and scripts for the current season of Game of Thrones were leaked, but the security company that HBO hired to scrub hacked files from Google has reported that the hackers stole “thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents”.

Google was served with a Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) takedown notice last week, which revealed that the hackers also leaked “masses of copyrighted items including documents, images, videos and sound”.  A HBO spokesperson declined to comment on the takedown notice and the types of files stolen “due to an ongoing investigation”.

News of the hack broke when the hackers themselves approached media agencies claiming they had infiltrated HBO’s networks and released episodes of Ballers, Insecure and Room 104, as well as scripts for Game of Thrones.

 

The cyber criminals have claimed that they have amassed 1.5 terabytes of data, which includes employee listings, email addresses and job titles.

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