The worst case scenario is now reality for HBO. The network has been hacked, and early reports suggest the damage is similar in scope to the enormous Sony Entertainment hack from 2014, which resulted in the leaks of films, scripts, and internal emails. HBO has confirmed the data breach, and the hackers have already started leaking what they pilfered from the compromised servers — and there could be more to come.
According to Entertainment Weekly, hackers have seized 1.5 TB of data from HBO and have already put up one episode each from Ballers and Room 104, along with what’s likely part of the script from next week’s episode of Game of Thrones. Those same hackers are saying that they have plenty more, and plan to keep leaking what they’ve taken.
The report also notes that some reporters received an email from someone claiming to represent the hackers, which read, “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.”
HBO issued a statement regarding the breach, saying the network “recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information. 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.”
This is far worse than when the plot of this season of Game of Thrones was supposedly leaked. That leak, which was posted on Reddit, appeared to come from an internal source — this time, HBO was hacked by an external organization. It’s not clear how damaging the present hacks will be to HBO, but with 1.5 TB at data compromised, it’s possible that leaked episodes might be joined by private data of employees.