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After Sony and Netflix, HBO is third in the line to suffer from a major cyber breach and as per the report, it is the biggest attack until now in terms of data. This is a high profile hack and hackers claim to get access to 1.5 Terabyte of data. Even data breach suffered by Sony was only 26 GB where as this time HBO seems to be suffered by 58 times more data. HBO officials, however, didn’t disclose the amount of data stolen.
First appeared in Entertainment Weekly, hackers claimed that they managed to steal information about an upcoming fourth episode of Game of Thrones season 7. Other episodes include Room 104, Insecure, Ballers and Barry. Hackers announced the breach by sending emails to reports saying: “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……!!!!!!”
However, the leaked files couldn’t be found on major pirate sites until Winter-leak. com came to surface. This site mentions several hints about the upcoming episodes of the series. The website features a statement from hackers saying: “In a complicated operation, we successfully penetrated into the HBO Internal Network, Emails, technical platforms, and database and got precious and confidential stuff that blaze your eyes”.
Officials from HBO have confirmed that the confidential data has been breached but they didn’t disclose what of data has been stolen. Many experts report that internal emails or employee’s personal information may also be part of this steal. Hackers termed this incident as “falling of HBO”.
HBO CEO, Richard Plepler sent an email to some of the important employees, informing them about the loss of data. The email reads: “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. 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 media outlet is working in collaboration with law enforcement agencies to track down people who are behind this cyber incident. Preventive measures are being taken to protect other data from being leaked, sources told.