Watch Out! Potential Game of Thrones Episode 4 Spoilers Incoming After HBO Hack
Hackers have claimed to have obtained over 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, including some written material from the fourth episode of Game of Thrones, expected to air next week. If Reddit wasn't enough to spoil all the Game of Thrones fun...
CEO calls HBO hack "disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing"
HBO is the latest Hollywood company to have suffered what looks like a massive cyberattack. However, it's unclear what kind of a breach the company is dealing with. Over the weekend, hackers sent the following email to reporters:
"Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening.
What's its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its HBO and Game of Thrones......!!!!!! You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it & spread the words. Whoever spreads well, wi will have an interview with him. HBO is failing."
Now, the Entertainment Weekly confirms this hack. The HBO hack includes an episode of Ballers and Room 104, and of course, the Game of Thrones "text" that hackers have promised to leak shortly.
HBO has also confirmed a "cyber incident", but hasn't yet said if the alleged content has been leaked as hackers are claiming.
HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information. We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.
While the episodes of Ballers and Room 104 have been allegedly put online (not sure if we are interested), the written material about the next episode of Game of Thrones is "coming soon". If you aren't someone who enjoys spoilers, try to stay clear of Reddit and other places that are always full of GoT theories and spoilers.
HBO isn't the first entertainment company facing the data leaks. Before HBO, Netflix and more notoriously, Sony Entertainment have lost massive chunks of data that proved almost catastrophic in the case of Sony.
Game of Thrones is HBO's biggest success and its most-guarded secret especially since season 5. "Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us," HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler wrote in an email to employees. "I can assure you that senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team, along with outside experts, are working round the clock to protect our collective interests."