There seems to be no stopping to HBO’s rotten luck as it has been breached, yet again! After major leaks of shows and scripts, HBO has been subjected to further embarrassment as OurMine hacked its social media accounts including that of Game of Thrones and the channel itself.
The timing of the hack is nothing short of impeccable as OurMine successfully added another blow to the network when it’s down.
In the latest tweet that they sent out via Game of Thrones official twitter handle at 8:47 am (IST) read, “Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security.”
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OurMine is quite well-known for its social media account hacking antics. Earlier this year, they hacked WWE, CNN, Netflix and a few more social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
Last year, the hacking group had taken over accounts such as Sundar Pichai’s Quora in June 2015, Buzzfeed News in October 2016 and Netflix’s and Marvel-affiliated Twitter accounts in December 2016, among others.
Their most famous escapades include hacking Mark Zuckerberg’s social media account, as well as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account.
Twitter accounts of Randi Zuckerberg (Mark’s sister), Daniel Ek (Spotify founder), Werner Vogels (Amazon’s CTO), and Hollywood actor Channing Tatum were also hacked by the prolific hacking group.
The group claims to be white hat hackers with no intentions to disrupt the harmony of the internet but highlighting the security and privacy of major organisations, or people is their thing.
Earlier this week it was reported that HBO had given up on negotiating with them after offering to pay $250,000 for the 1.5TB of data that the hackers have allegedly stolen from the network servers.
The hackers revealed an email sent to them from an HBO executive stating that the $250,000 was a reward or a ‘bug bounty’ awarded to the hackers for pointing out the weakness in their system.
Since HBO failed to meet the hacker’s demand, according to the New York Post, they leaked episodes of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, ‘Ballers’ and ‘Insecure’ as well as some from the yet-to-debut shows ‘Barry’ and ‘The Deuce’.
HBO executives have now announced that they won’t be giving in to the hacker’s demands anymore and were “not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released”.
On Wednesday, episode 6 of Game of Thrones Season 7 was leaked and before that episode 4 was leaked too.