HBO Hackers Leak 'Game of Thrones' Script, Executive Emails

HBO Hackers Leak 'Game of Thrones' Script, Executive Emails

According to a Monday Hollywood Reporter piece, the hackers have posted online not only a Game of Thrones script summary and marketing materials, but "a month's worth of emails" from an executive's inbox.

Hackers are demanding a multi million-dollar ransom to halt the release of the entire series, which is filmed in Northern Ireland, and other sensitive files.

"The forensic review is ongoing", HBO said in an emailed statement, noting that it was working with cyber security experts and law enforcement.

The hackers also sent the publication a video letter in which they demand an unreported sum of money, presumably to stop the release of more HBO documents.

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HBO bosses have called in the FBI to investigate the security breach, while also working with police and cybersecurity experts in an attempt to prevent the release of any more information or unaired episodes.

It was the second time documents have been released on the internet that were purportedly stolen from HBO since the hack surfaced early last week. HBO is apparently the 17th target of this hacker group with only three companies refusing to pay.

The hackers also revealed the cast list for "Game of Thrones", which includes the actors' telephone numbers and email addresses.

When hackers broke into HBO's systems last month, the cable network's executives told staffers that they didn't believe its email system had been compromised "as a whole".

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The leak includes draft scripts for five episodes of Game of Thrones, internal network and administrator passwords.

So far, the group has released the fourth episode of season seven before its official release date and fans did not hesitate to fulfill their curiosity.

Renaming a single file may seem like a smaller detail in the grander scheme of things, but it does raise some important questions about the trustworthiness of the hackers, and the way the media should engage with them.

'HBO spends $12m for market research and $5m for [Game Of Thrones series seven] advertisements.

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The hackers, who illegally broke into HBO's computer networks, claim to have taken 1.5 terabytes of data, including the fourth episode of season seven, which aired in the US on Sunday, and was released illegally on Friday - days after a script from the newest instalment of the fantasy series was published on the Internet.

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