"I don't trust technology." A phrase uttered by many of an older generation who, seeing the rise in society's reliance on all things computerized, turn down email in favour of hand written letters, reject social media by meeting their friends in person, scoff at Skype and giggle at Google Maps. It's easy to turn away from this point of view; after all, such technology makes our lives much easier. However, it looks like the technophobes of the world are on to something.
Cybercrime is becoming one of, if not the biggest misdeeds of modern times. In particular, the entertainment industry has been hit hard, with HBO the most recent victim. Responsible for broadcasting on of the biggest spectacles on TV, #GameofThrones, the network has been hit more times than Rocky Balboa over the past few weeks, with hacks, leaked episodes and ransoms all stemming from a breach of online security.
Judging from recent comments, Game of Thrones' star Nickolaj Coster-Waldau may be a technophobe himself. The actor, who plays Jaime Lannister on the show, told EW Morning Live radio that he believes there's a simple solution to the rise of cybercrime. He said:
"I think they’re basically going to go back to hand-delivering and just giving us scripts. Just give us the hard copies instead of all this email and digital stuff. I think that’s what’s going to happen in a few years’ time, because you know, you talk to cops on the street, 'What’s the biggest crime now?' It’s all credit card fraud. It’s all that stuff. It’s digital. So we got to go back to cash."
The Cyber Risk With A TV Giant
Moving aside the mental image of Jaime Lannister quizzing unassuming cops on crime statistics, Coster-Waldau has a point. One of the most basic and foolproof ways of ensuring the security of scripts doesn't leak would be sticking to hard copies only, copies that are handed to the cast and crew. For Game of Thrones Season 7, HBO attempted to tighten security by insisting on multiple email accounts for scripts, but the old-school technique might be more efficient.
Of course it wouldn't prevent the problem completely, but it would reduce the risk of the data sitting online somewhere, ready to be pounced upon by those skilled in hacking. Well, for scripts at least. Hackers stole 1.5 Terabytes of information from HBO, including unreleased episodes of Game of Thrones, Ballers, Room 104 and Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as gaining access to the networks Facebook and Twitter. For those issues, the only way to prevent some of the threat is extra investment in online security measures.
As Game of Thrones draws to its conclusion, it's safe to say the attempts to illegally obtain information will only increase. Aptly, HBO will need to replicate the characters in the show, but rather than prevent White Walkers breaching The Wall and entering Westeros, they'll need to find a way to prevent hackers from breaching their security system.
Should HBO go back to old school techniques to prevent further leaks?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)