Yesterday, the US Justice Department charged an Iranian national with hacking into HBO, as well as attempting to extort the television network for $US6 million ($8 million) worth of bitcoin, according to an indictment filed yesterday in the US District Court in Manhattan.
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Cable giant HBO's very embarrassing 2017 has continued to get more embarrassing. Hacker squad OurMine Security Group compromised Game of Thrones' Twitter account, posting a message to its 6 million plus followers saying "Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security."
The hackers behind a massive intrusion into HBO systems have released a month's worth of a senior HBO executive's emails, dumping a "publicly accessible link to a cache of internal documents" which also included the script to yet another upcoming episode of Game of Thrones, Hollywood Reporter wrote today.
Season seven, episode four of Game of Thrones is now in the wild. The leaked video comes less than a week after HBO admitted that its servers had been hacked and a large quantity of data had been stolen. We already knew that a script -- or, more specifically, an outline of a script -- of episode four was part of the hack. Now, in a reportedly unrelated incident, it seems the Game of Thrones episode itself has been leaked.
Well, this isn't terribly surprising. According to the latest dispatch from Variety, the hackers who broke into HBO's servers and stole 1.5 terabytes of data, including at least one Game of Thrones script, also stole employee data. More specifically, the hackers made off with "thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents". That's bad.
It's cyber deja vu time in Hollywood. HBO just confirmed that hackers broke into their servers and stole an unknown quantity of data. Now, unreleased episodes of Ballers and Room 104 have appeared online as well a script that looks an awful lot like next week's Game of Thrones episode. This is not a drill.