The HBO hack is a joke no longer, nor is it simply about watching out for the Game of Thrones script leakage. The hackers have had a hand over 1.5 terabytes of data of the Time-Warner owned Home Box Office (HBO) cable. This amounts to a seven times much larger cyber-attack than what Sony Pictures had undergone in 2014. It also unfortunately signifies that HBO’s confidential data, mails and property might be under a threat.
The cyber insecurity that the company is now facing is not about shows anymore, but the inside leaks. HBO fears lack of motive or ransom from the attackers might lead them to give away confidential documents and emails over the net. The cyber security firm Mandiant and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are collectively working with the HBO to solve the hacking trouble.
Erik Rasmussen, a Kroll cyber-security agent describes about the terrible hack that estimates to 750 hours of video. “At 1.5 terabytes, it could be a whole block of TV, or worse, it could be emails, financial documents, employee or customer information. The fact that you have law enforcement and a [cybersecurity] firm involved most likely means this will be a very large incident for HBO.”
According to a report in the Variety, screenshots of HBO’s internal administration tools, furnishing the personal details of the employees have been put up over the net.
Furthermore, classified data of a senior HBO executive had been published online by the cyber punks. The hackers cracked dozens of online accounts including online banking, personal health services, and paid newspaper subscriptions. One of the accounts may have supposedly lead them to the executive’s mail as well.
This high security facts were revealed only after the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take-down notice. The IP Echelon company had forwarded the take-down request to Google. HBO frequently takes the help of this intelligence firm to remove infringing content links from Google.
Richard Plepler, HBO Head, replies to flowing queries over a compromise of the email messages. “As promised, I wanted to update you on our recent cyber incident and where we currently stand. There has been and will continue to be an enormous amount of speculation in the media. It is important to understand that, as is often the case, things you read may very well not be true. Many people have expressed particular concern about our e-mail system. At this time, we do not believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing. We are also in the process of engaging an outside firm to work with our employees to provide credit monitoring and we will be following up with those details. Meantime, continue to do the excellent work which defines this company across all departments and know that the appropriate teams are working round the clock to manage our way through this difficult period.”
Only yesterday did the team report you of the massive script leaks of the Game of Thrones fantasy series. But the hack seems quite beyond that. This is one of the biggest hacks that Hollywood has ever faced. It has awakened the masses to tightly secure their data and confidential messages from being vulnerable to cyber thefts.
Apart from the Game of Thrones script, the stolen GoT data included never-before-seen episodes of the same. Unaired videos of the ‘Ballers’, ‘Room 104’ and ‘Insecure’ have been published by the hacking community. The HBO series, ‘Barry’, which was to be released in 2018 is also put up by the cyber thieves.
Hopefully, the hacking group, which calls itself the ‘little.finger66’, would stop shaming the HBO with the concurrent leaks.