Hackers have claimed to have stolen a massive 1.5 terabytes of information from HBO, including the script to the yet unaired episode of Game of Thrones episode S07E04.
If accurate, the hack would have been significantly bigger than both the recent Sony hack in 2014 when 26GB of information was stolen and the 2017 Netflix hack where episodes of Orange is the New Black were reportedly stolen.
Hackers emailed a number of entertainment reporters at the start of this week.
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.
It is clear that the hackers have opted to play the Game of Thrones angle in their email. That’s little surprise since it’s probably the most watched show right now and has topped the most illegally downloaded show for some time. Episode 4 of the seventh season is due to air new week (August 6th) and as such HBO will probably not want the script for that episode floating across the Internet.
With that said, the release of the script is unlikely to have any real impact on the audience numbers (who would settle reading a leaked script instead of watching the episode itself?) and is more of a mere annoyance.
What’s more damaging is the possibility of leaked episodes of Ballers and Room 104 that have reportedly been stolen as well.
But that’s only small potatoes if a whopping 1.5 TERABYTES has been leaked, which is what the hackers have claimed. That’s a vast amount of information, and things could get much, much worse if HBO employee information or sensitive company information has been leaked as well.
While HBO has confirmed the intrusion, they have said nothing about what information has been leaked or the extent of the hack. For that, we’ll have to wait and see what crops up online. What we do know is that this has the potential to be very damaging to HBO indeed.
And some advice to HBO employees right now… be very cautious of any emails or calls you receive for the next few weeks or until HBO finds out exactly what information has been compromised.