Leaking of Game of Thrones episodes is not something unheard of before. As long as Game of Thrones has been on the television, it has suffered problem with hackers and illegal online viewers.
Not just the episodes, even the premiere of the latest season, currently going-on, was effected badly by a huge amount of illegal streaming and downloads as compared to the people who actually watch via their official broadcasters.
That being said, this latest development can cause some big problems for HBO management.
In a recent statement released by HBO, the producers said that there has been a cyber-attack which has result in compromise of proprietary information. The statement reads:
“HBO 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 cyber-security firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”
It is reported that over 1.5 TB of information has been stolen from HBO servers which also includes unreleased episodes of the current season of Game of Thrones along with many other television series.
Several entertainment reporters, as reported by joe.co.uk, have received the following message from hackers (claiming to be):
“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.”
The CEO and chairman of HBO, Richard Pleper stated the following to his internal staff:
“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. 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.”
Well, let’s see if these threats do come true because hackers are claiming to have released some material and will be releasing some more material soon.
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