HBO has come under attack in the past weeks as in an unrelated incident hackers leaked the 4th episode of Game of Thrones and now again hackers have leaked the script for the upcoming episode 5 of season 7 of the series which is set to be aired on Sunday, August 13.
The hackers have demanded $6 million from HBO CEO Richard Plepler in Bitcoin or else have threatened to leak all the documents procured from the hack.
The latest leak also contains internal documents of HBO, including emails from top executives, balance sheets, employment agreement, marketing strategy and more.
In an internal email to the staff, Plepler claimed last week: “Many people have expressed particular concern about our e-mail system. At this time, we do not believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing.”
A total of 1.5 terabytes of digital content was stolen by the hackers from HBO servers of which they’ve leaked about half terabytes. The attackers have granted three days to HBO to meet the ransom demand.
“Our demand is clear and Non-Negotiable: We want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your Data. HBO spends $12 million for Market Research and $5 million for ‘GOT7′ advertisements. So consider us another budget for your advertisements! Leakage will be your worst nightmare. So make a wise decision!” the hackers’ letter sent to HBO read.
Even though a ransom demand has been made, the hackers stated that monetary gain isn’t the main agenda behind the hack, rather they want to be a ‘partner in a tiny part of HBO’s huge income’.
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV shows of the recent times and this isn’t the first time its episodes are being leaked. HBO spokesperson stated that the company is expecting more data to emerge from the breach as their internal investigation continues.
(With inputs from IANS)
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