HBO hack: Reports suggest much worse than just Game of Thrones leaks

Hackers have published personal information about one senior HBO executive

Jack Shepherd
Thursday 03 August 2017 09:15 BST

While Game of Thrones has been reaching record numbers of people, HBO has been struggling to contain leaks after suffering a major cyber attack over the weekend.

Upcoming episodes from multiple shows — including Ballers and Room 104 — along with the script for Game of Thrones season seven’s fourth episode were made available online.

According to Variety, the initial leak was much larger than initially reported. The network issued a take-down notice to Google, demanding links to the leaked information be removed.

The order noted that “thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents,” adding that “masses of copyrighted items including documents, images, videos and sound.”

Hackers have since published personal information about one senior HBO executive, including ‘access information to dozens of online accounts, including paid newspaper subscriptions, online banking, and personal health services’. One of these accounts may have given information regarding their personal email account.

The hackers have promised more content is “coming soon”, claiming to have 1.5 terabytes of data. HBO has not commented on the exact content that was leaked, show names or amount of date, adding there was no comment on the recent uploads “due to an ongoing investigation.”

Meanwhile, the seventh season of Game of Thrones has been storming forward, photos for the fourth episode being released by HBO (not hackers).

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