Roughly a week ago, the networking giant HBO faced a massive problem when hackers leaked the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Although "Spoils of War" still broke records and HBO reportedly paid the hackers in a bid to stall for time, it seems that the channel's woes are far from over. Now, it seems that HBO just felt the full brunt of their hacking problem, as more shows make their way online before their intended release.
Hack Away: More HBO Shows Get Leaked By Hackers
In a recent press release, an #HBO representative confirmed that the hackers were able to breach the channel's online security and steal important content. The statement expressed HBO's defiance, stating that the network would not be intimidated by the recent cyberattack.
"We are not in communication with the hacker and we’re not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released. It has been widely reported that there was a cyber incident at HBO. The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That’s a game we’re not going to participate in."
"Obviously, no company wants their proprietary information stolen and released on the internet. Transparency with our employees, partners, and the creative talent that works with us has been our focus throughout this incident and will remain our focus as we move forward. This incident has not deterred us from ensuring HBO continues to do what we do best."
The show's leaked content includes episodes of the aforementioned Larry David comedy #CurbYourEnthusiasm, which is set to return in October, and upcoming episodes of #Ballers and #Insecure. However, the most troublesome leaks that made it online were those that have yet to premier on the channel. These include James Franco's '70s-era porno industry period piece The Deuce, which is set for an opening in September, and the upcoming Bill Hader comedy, Barry, which follows a disillusioned low-rent hitman's life.
Surprisingly, the latest HBO leak did not include anything related to #GameOfThrones, which is arguably the network's biggest draw and would therefore be the most obvious target for hackers.
The Hollywood Hacking Problem
HBO's problems began when the fourth episode of Game of Thrones' seventh season was leaked following the theft of an estimated 1.5 terabyte's worth of content, shows and private business information.
Email exchanges between HBO chairman Richard Plepler and the supposed hackers also made their way online, where it was suggested that the network's boss was willing to pay a hefty ransom. However, these conversations were proven to be suspicious at best upon closer examination.
Recently, there has been an alarming spike in cyberattacks targeting major media outlets. HBO is just the latest high-profile victim, following Sony in 2014 and Netflix earlier this year - and it's possible that others may suffer the same fate if security measures are not improved.
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[Source: Entrainment Weekly]