HBO is the latest victim of a cyber-attack which has left the network in a vulnerable position as it has resulted in the leak of scripts of several unaired programs including the very famous series ‘Game of Thrones’ (GOT).
The network announced the news on Monday and urged its viewers to not fall prey to the demands of the cyber attacker.
A statement released by the group said that a ‘cyber incident’ resulted in “the compromise of proprietary information,” and that the company had contacted law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms in order to retrieve the content and protect the company from future attacks.
It was not revealed in the statement that what was compromised in the attack, but according to the reports provided by several media correspondents, hackers were able to obtain 1.5 terabytes of data including the script of a new episode of the award-winning fantasy series GOT as well as unaired episodes of two other programs, ‘Ballers’ and ‘Room 104.’
“Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling and disturbing for all of us. 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. The efforts across multiple departments have been nothing short of herculean,” HBO chief Richard Plepler said in a memo to staff.
The Time-Warner owned TV group is working around the clock to contain the damage caused by the cyber-attack.
Some media journalists have received emails from an unidentified address taking responsibility of the breach and proposing to show the unaired content from GOT.
“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,” reads an anonymous email sent to reporters announcing the hack.