HBO was victim to a “cyber incident”, which has resulted in the theft of a Game of Thrones episode and other data.
On Tuesday anonymous hackers leaked HBO data to the website “winter-leaks.com” however it was inaccessible by Wednesday. The hackers claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from the network’s servers.
The website contained unreleased episodes of “Game of Thrones,” “Ballers,” “Room 104,” and the upcoming show “Barry” according to Hackread.
The leak also allegedly exposed personal information and passwords belonging to Viviane Eisenberg, executive vice president of Legal Affairs at HBO.
According to CNN Tech, HBO CEO Richard Plepler sent an email to his employees following the incident saying that he doesn’t believe its whole email system compromised in the breach but a review was being conducted:
“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.
“We are also in the process of engaging an outside firm to work with our employees to provide credit monitoring and we will be following up with those details,”
Here is a video from Hackread showing the website where HBO hackers claimed they were dumping Games of Thrones Data:
Jason Hart, CTO, Data Protection at Gemalto and former ethical hacker said on the incident:
“Broadcasters face a unique threat. Due to the nature of the industry, hackers have the opportunity to access data as it is transmitted between multiple data centres, and so they require solutions to help encrypt their high-value TV transmissions – without interfering with the audience’s viewing experience. These specialised solutions, such as high-speed encryption, will help ensure that broadcasters are protecting their IP in an age of increased piracy and data theft.
“HBO now joins a list of other Hollywood victims of crime such as Netflix and Sony. This incident is another reminder that broadcasters must invest in fundamental security controls and practises – encryption, key management and two-factor authentication – to control access to highly sought-after content and protect it in the event that a breach takes place.”
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