HBO, an American premium cable and satellite television network, was hacked last week.
The hackers claim to have 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, including scripts, unaired episodes of Game of Thrones, one of the most popular fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and confidential company documents.
HBO hackers ransom note
At first, the unknown hacker group posted around half a gigabyte of unreleased HBO shows and scripts online.
Now only does the latest leak include scripts for the first five episodes of the current series of Game of Thrones (the fifth of which isn’t aired until August 13). On top of that, here are thousands of emails, financial documents and strategy guidelines. One folder appears to contain legal documents, budgets and phone numbers and email addresses of top HBO executives and actors (including Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke).
In a complicate operation, we successfully penetrated into the HBO.
The hackers' team
The hackers also encourage people to “Download the leak. Enjoy & spread it” and conclude with an ominous “To be continued...” warning. unfortunately for the company, most of the users did not miss such an opportunity:
i'm 100% proud of my decision to watch the leak of ep 4 of Game of Thrones.. holy shit.. the best episode so far
— Connor (@itsmeCONNOR) 4 августа 2017 г.
— Sam O'Neill (@SamE120) 4 августа 2017 г.
Next episode of game of thrones 11/10 thanks for the leak one of the best episode hands down
— unKommon (@asvp_wvllvce) 4 августа 2017 г.
To stop the leaks, the hackers demand their "6 month salary in Bitcoin”, which they implied is at least $6 million.