HBO chief exec Richard Plepler said Wednesday the company is conducting a forensic review of its computer systems to learn the scope of the online breach.
The group says it has 1.5 terabytes of the broadcaster's data and has posted an alleged script of episode 4 of the fantasy drama's seventh season, now in mid-run.
The hack comes at a sensitive time for HBO, as its parent Time Warner Inc is waiting for regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October.
One positive aspect of the situation is that HBO notified employees and the public within days of finding out about the hack, whereas others waited months or even years before reporting security breaches that could have left customers vulnerable to identity theft or other problems.
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"Hi to all mankind", the hackers said in emails to media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times.
HBO, which acknowledged Monday that hackers had broken into its systems and stolen "proprietary information", now says it's unlikely they breached the network's entire email system. "The biggest crackdown of cyber space time has begun". The fact that you have law enforcement and a [cybersecurity] firm involved most likely means this will be a very large incident for HBO. "At least one of these accounts may also have given the hackers access to the executive's work email". "Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold", HBO said in a statement. What's its name? Oh I forget to tell.
HBO did not immediately respond to the latest threat from the hackers. You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak.
Such hacks are not overly uncommon given hackers are keen to get their hands on information pertaining to popular TV shows, movies and games. Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him. In April, a hacker claimed to have released episodes of Netflix's "Orange is the New Black" before their release by the streaming site.