After HBO suffered the severe cyberattack, which was discovered sometime Monday, hackers published full episodes of Game of Thrones and other original shows, like "Ballers" and "Room 104". HBO said it is working with law enforcement and cybersecurity firms to fix the breach. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening.
HBO declined to comment further on the investigation.
An HBO executive's email and phone number were provided as well; I've contacted them but can't say I expect to hear back. What's its name? Oh I forget to tell.
IP-Echelon Pty Ltd. regularly files such copyright-infringement notices on behalf of large media entertainment companies, including HBO. You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak.
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. While the sender of the email, received by The Hollywood Reporter, appeared to use a pseudonym, the sender offered evidence of hacked materials to buttress the claim.
Nonetheless, it is feared that it wasn't just a few TV episodes and a script that was leaked, but also video footage, internal documents, and e-mails.
In another major recent incident, Netflix was attacked by a hacker known as the Dark Overlord, who uploaded episodes from the new season of "Orange Is the New Black" after the company refused to pay the ransom. The North Korean government was believed to be behind that attack, while there has not been a state actor linked to the HBO attack. In 2015, four episodes of the show were leaked after previews were sent to reviewers, an incident which stopped preview copies being distributed.
Purported hackers said in email that they'd accessed HBO's internal network and email system and then posted stolen information online.
The leak of the unreleased episodes of Game of Thrones left many shocked and another good reason for security vendors and organizations to protect their turfs and save themselves from the hands of cyber goons.