Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Lena Vasquez

Millions of Ransom Demanded by Hackers for Stolen HBO Data

Millions of Ransom Demanded by Hackers for Stolen HBO Data

It is unclear whether the publicly accessible URL has been sent to other media sites or been posted online, the Reporter added.

The hackers claim to have scripts, unaired copies of HBO movies and shows, and damaging information. Overall, the hackers claim to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data. As per the reports, hackers accessed several episodes of Game of Thrones and few other TV shows.

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Although this may constitute HBO's biggest leak to date, it falls short of the cyberattack inflicted on Sony in 2014, when hackers released thousands of personal emails and information including salaries and social security numbers belonging to almost 50,000 past and present employees.

"The hackers behind the recent massive HBO cyber attack have reportedly released a cache of the network's internal documents, including a "detailed summary" of an upcoming Game Of Thrones" episode. The hackers said HBO marked their 17th victim, and only three have failed to pay. HBO spokesperson stated that the company is expecting more data to emerge from the breach as their internal investigation continues. Earlier this year, hackers leaked the entirety of Netflix's new season of Orange Is the New Black more than a month early after the service did not meet their ransom demands. However that's not all the hackers have managed to get their hands on.

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One document appears to contain the confidential cast list for Game of Thrones, listing personal telephone numbers and email addresses for actors such as Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Emilia Clark. HBO spends $12 million for Market Research and $5 million for "GOT7′ advertisements. So consider us another budget for your advertisements!"

HBO has already acknowledged the theft and said that the network is continuing the investigation with the help of the police and some cybersecurity experts.

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