HBO IS HACKED; “GOT” EPISODES MAY HAVE BEEN LEAKED

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Wes­teros is un­der siege by hack­ers.

HBO, home of “Game of Thrones,” is the lat­est en­ter­tain­ment com­pany to be hacked and have its con­tent leaked on­line.

In a memo to staff, HBO chief ex­ec­u­tive Richard Ple­pler con­firmed that pro­pri­etary in­for­ma­tion in­clud­ing some of its shows was re­cently stolen. HBO said it is work­ing with law en­force­ment and cy­ber­se­cu­rity firms to fix the breach.

HBO, a unit of Time Warner Inc., de­clined to elab­o­rate on what was stolen and whether the theft in­cluded sen­si­tive em­ployee data. En­ter­tain­ment Weekly, which broke the news of the hack, said the hack­ers claimed that episodes of the come­dies “Ballers” and “Room 104” were put on­line as well as a script for a com­ing episode of “Game of Thrones.”

The party claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the hack sent an email to some out­lets de­tail­ing it, ac­cord­ing to En­ter­tain­ment Weekly, call­ing it “the great­est leak of the cy­berspace era.”

“The prob­lem be­fore us is un­for­tu­nately all too fa­mil­iar in the world we now find our­selves a part of,” Ple­pler said in a state­ment.

In early May, a hacker re­leased 10 episodes of the Net­flix tele­vi­sion show “Or­ange Is the New Black,” fol­low­ing a months-long ex­tor­tion at­tempt directed at Larsen Stu­dios, a post­pro­duc­tion com­pany that was work­ing on the show. — Bloomberg News

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