HBO Confirms Cyber Incident. Several Shows at Risk!
Now we all know that the internet can be a dark place where hackers lurk to steal your important personal information, right? Right! The last company that I can recall getting hacked was Netflix, a few months ago, when they had their entire season of "Orange is the New Black" hijacked and held for ransom. I thought that surely after that incident, more companies would tighten their internet security belts! Well, I was wrong. . . ish! The hackers have returned and may have stolen the precious throne! "Game of Thrones" that is. HBO is the most recent victim of the cyber hackers who weren't able to steal an entire season (to the dismay of some) but possibly the next episode of the hit series "Game of Thrones"
“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” the network confirmed 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.”
Hackers claimed to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of data from the company. So far, an upcoming episode of Ballers and Room 104 have apparently been put online. There is also written material that’s allegedly from next week’s fourth episode of Game of Thrones. More is promised to be “coming soon.”
HBO is not commenting on what content might have been stolen, confirming specific titles or the amount of data accessed. This morning, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler sent an email to HBO employees alerting them of the breach.
“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,” he wrote. “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 efforts across multiple departments have been nothing short of herculean. It is a textbook example of quintessential HBO teamwork. 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.”
On Sunday, an anonymous email was sent to many reporters announcing the hack: “Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What’s its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its 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.”
Well, if it's falling, I'm probably going to be there to watch an episode or two but. . . an early leak won't stop me from tuning in on Sunday nights either! No word yet on exactly what shows are affected but you'd be a fool to hack one of the biggest networks and not go for the top dog! Do you think that this is as big of a deal as they're making it out to be or are they blowing it out of proportion? Let's chat about this in the comments below!