A hacker gang has broken in to HBO's network and stolen episodes of keenly-anticipated TV shows.
(CCM) — Hackers who attacked entertainment company HBO may have got away with the script for next episode of Game of Thrones, according to a BBC report. The hacking attack resulted in the theft of over a terabyte of HBO's data, the hacker group responsible for the attack is claiming. It has already posted episodes of the comedy-drama series Ballers and the anthology series Room 104.
So far the hackers have not released the stolen Game of Thrones script or episode spoilers, but they have promised to post more of its stolen booty "soon", according to the report. It is not clear whether the Game of Thrones material will be included in the second tranche released. HBO has confirmed that it has been the victim of a hacking incident that result in the theft of some of its data, according to the BBC. "We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms," the company said.
The hackers later sent an email to an unknown number of journalists encouraging them to download the stolen material. It also promised an interview opportunity to journalists who spread word of the attack. "Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him. HBO is falling," the email said.
Microsoft and other companies are spending billions of dollars every year on security research to fight off hackers, but despite this the number of attacks like the one on HBO are proliferating to almost three quarters of a million every week, according to Microsoft research.