The Time Warner-owned TV group, Home Box Office (HBO) cable is the latest prey to the cyber-attacks prominent across the globe. It reportedly informed the news channels on Monday about the HBO network victimization by cyber threats. The hack has unanimously leaked the script of the popular award-winning series ‘Game of Thrones’ along with content from some other productions.
According to the report, hackers have smartly obtained 1.5 terabytes of data from the HBO channel, that includes the written episode of the fantasy series and upcoming segments of ‘Ballers’ and ‘Room 104’ programs.
The ‘Game of Thrones’ series viewers seem quite inquisitive about the forthcoming episodes. It has previously undergone similar cyber breach with the first four episodes of season five leaked online in 2015. This time, however, it is noted that the hackers acted upon the script of the fourth episode from season seven, as it has allegedly been put up over the net.
The compromise of such proprietary information caused major distress to the channel, which immediately contacted the cyber-security firms and law enforcement agencies, upon realization of the hack.
Richard Plepler, the HBO chief, assured the staff of the measures taken against this behavior through a memo. “Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling and disturbing for all of us. 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. The efforts across multiple departments have been nothing short of herculean.”
Even after following stringent plans to secure the script data of the 7th season of GoT by two-factoring the e-mail accounts of the star cast, the hack has been still successful.
“The problem before us is unfortunately all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of. As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully,” Plepler speaks out via email.
Despite all the actions taken, there was nothing the force could do to stop the hackers from sending threatening boastful messages across to the members of the press, including the AFP 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, we will have an interview with him. HBO is falling,” read the anonymous message.
“Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold,” HBO mentioned in a statement.