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