Game of Thrones season 7 unreleased episodes could be leaked online amid HBO hack
In a development that harks back to the 2014 Sony hacking, television network HBO revealed on Monday, 31 July 2017, that they had been targeted by hackers.
The hackers have reportedly stolen about 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO's servers — which could include unreleased episodes of Game of Thrones season 7. Episodes of two other series — Ballers and Room 104 — have already been leaked online by the hackers.
"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 cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold," an official statement released by HBO read.
An email sent out by the hackers to media groups on Monday indicated that they could leak the GoT episodes next.
“Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What’s its name? Oh I forget to tell. It's HBO and Game of Thrones! You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it and spread the words. Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him. HBO is falling [sic],” the hackers' note read.
HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler sent out an email to all employees in the wake of the hack, admitting that "some proprietary information, including our programming" had been stolen, but efforts were being made by the cybersecurity team to minimise the damage.
The Sony hack in 2014 was among the worst incidents of its kind, leading to the release plans for the James Franco-Seth Rogen comedy The Interview being disrupted, still-in-production movie scripts and confidential information of thousands of Sony employees leaked — not to mention embarrassing emails between studio bosses that laid bare the pay disparity between male and female stars in Hollywood.
Earlier this year, Netflix found its systems hacked and unreleased episodes of Orange Is The New Black leaked online. Disney too was threatened with a leak of Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge.