Game of Thrones Leaks Continue in Ongoing HBO Hack

Game of Thrones Leaks Continue in Ongoing HBO Hack

The data dump included what appear to be scripts from five "Game of Thrones" episodes, including one upcoming episode, and a month's worth of email from the account of Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming.

As reported by The Guardian, HBO is now working with cybersecurity experts and the authorities as it continues to investigate the ongoing situation in which the hackers claim to have stolen 1.5TB of data from the network. As we said, the forensic review is ongoing.

According to The Hollywood reporter, the materials, which mark the first evidence that some HBO private emails are in the hands of hackers.

In a rambling letter published as a scrolling video set to the Game of Thrones score, the hackers have reproduced an ultimatum that they imply they've sent to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, demanding an amount of money (redacted from the published version of the letter) as ransom for the stolen data, which they'll otherwise continue to leak. "HBO spends $12 million for market research and $5 million for (GoT series seven) advertisements". It was reportedly signed: "Mr Smith".

The hack came at a sensitive time for HBO, whose parent Time Warner is awaiting regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc (T.N) in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October.

An HBO spokesman declined to discuss details of the hack.

"HBO believed that further leaks might emerge from this cyber incident when we confirmed it last week", HBO's statement reads.

In addition to the ransom letter and internal documents, the hackers' dump includes a unusual video summary of next week's Game of Thrones episode, with stills from the show adjoining a plot summary. The report didn't identify the executive or the contents of the emails. "Its a game for us". The hackers said HBO marked their 17th victim, and only three have failed to pay. "We want to be your partner in a tiny part of HBO's huge income".

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