Game of Thrones is one of the record breaking most-watched series in television history in HBO. It averages more than 9.3 million viewers per episode.
Hackers claim they have breached HBO servers and they have downloaded around 1.5TB of data and they have released upcoming episode of Ballers and Room 104 online.
HBO network confirmed the breach in a statement “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.”
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Hacker or hacker group claim to have written materials of Game of Thrones fourth Episode which is going to be released this weekend.
They announced the leak by sending private emails to the selected reporters in the HBO network.
“Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What’s its name? Oh I forget to tell. It’s 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.”
HBO confirmed the leak with Entertainment Weekly who revealed the incident first. HBO director and CEO Richard Plepler posted an email to HBO employees informing them about the breach.
HBO not yet commented on the amount of data and the specific contents stolen by the hackers.
With the Email sent to Employees, Richard Plepler wrote
As most of you have probably heard by now, there has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming,” 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.”
HBO is not the first movie company who suffered the data breach, in last April Netflix was hacked and the Orange Is the New Black Season 5 came online before its initial release.