HBO hack­ers leak Game of Thrones stars’ phone num­bers and ad­dresses

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY BREACHES -

Are­cent se­cu­rity breach at HBO has led to the per­sonal phone num­bers and email ad­dresses of some Game of Thrones ac­tors leak­ing on­line. Hack­ers broke into HBO’s sys­tems and re­port­edly stole 1.5 ter­abytes of data, in­clud­ing scripts for up­com­ing Game of Thrones episodes and two un­re­leased episodes of Ballers and Room 104. The Guardian re­ported that hack­ers have re­leased 3.4GB of data, and that they’re de­mand­ing that HBO pay an undis­closed ran­som to pre­vent fur­ther leaks.

Con­tained within the leaked data are draft scripts from five

Game of Thrones episodes, and tech­ni­cal doc­u­ments de­tail­ing HBO’s in­ter­nal net­work and ad­min­is­tra­tor pass­words. The Verge un­der­stands that one doc­u­ment in­cludes a list of per­sonal phone num­bers, home ad­dresses, and email ad­dresses for all of the sea­son 7 Game of Thrones ac­tors, in­clud­ing Peter Din­klage, Lena Headey, and Emilia Clarke. A month’s worth of emails from HBO’s Vice Pres­i­dent for film pro­gram­ming, Les­lie Co­hen, is also part of the lat­est leak along­side a large num­ber of con­fi­den­tial doc­u­ments.

HBO says it is re­view­ing what data has leaked as part of an on­go­ing foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion. In a state­ment to Wired, HBO spokeper­son Jeff Cus­son says “the re­view to date has not given us a rea­son to be­lieve that our email sys­tem as a whole has been com­pro­mised.” If HBO’s email sys­tems haven’t been fully ac­cessed then it will spare the com­pany an em­bar­rass­ing re­peat of what hap­pened to Sony Pic­tures. Hack­ers broke into Sony Pic­tures back in 2014, and the leaked emails did the most rep­u­ta­tional dam­age to the com­pany.

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