1.5 terabytes of HBO data was leaked over the weekend by a hacker who could quite possibly be a hardcore Game of Thrones fan. The email read a subject line of, “1.5 TB of HBO data just leaked!!!” and read, “To all mankind, the greatest leak of the space era”.
Using the tagline, “HBO is falling” amongst reporters, the hackers also announced the reporters were lucky enough to be the first ones to witness the leak, adding that they should enjoy it and spread the word.
Included was a link to a website where an unreleased Game of Thrones script remained, along with unreleased episodes of Ballers, Insecure, Room 104 and Barry.
While HBO have confirmed that the hack attack did indeed happen, they were quick to play down the severity of the event, refusing to comment with any additional details.
HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Pleper stated, “There has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming.”
One of the hackers wrote to WIRED, stating, “We successfully penetrated HBO’s huge network and gathered most important [sic] files and films & scripts and so on.”
Promising both full episodes of Game of Thrones along with HBO feature films, it’s not known whether or not future leaks can be prevented. The hackers claimed to have obtained private information about HBO and its internal staff members, which could mean irreparable financial damage to the company as a whole as well as its individuals.