In an incident that is reminiscent of the mega Sony hack of 2014, it is HBO this time that has found its servers hacked. The extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained in its entirety though what is amply clear is that it has been a massive heist, to the tune of about 1.5 terabytes.
As of now, an episode of ‘Ballers and Room 104’ that is yet to be released is already doing the rounds of the internet. A script that is said to bear a stark similarity with ‘Game of Thrones’ scheduled for release next week has also made it to the net.
HBO is bracing for things far more worse as a direct fallout of the data breach. It even fears the personal data of its employees or other financial information might also have been picked up by the hackers. With 1.5 tb of data on the loose, those aren’t just about unreleased episodes or scripts and will have more of company information attached to it, HBO stated after a preliminary roundup of the incident.
The company meanwhile also said they have already got the investigators involved in the case and are cooperating with the sleuths to set things right. Cyber security experts too are being roped in to plug existing loopholes while also ensuring such incident doesn’t get repeated.
The hackers again don’t seem to be in a hurry either, biding their time while they release the stolen data online slowly. They have even given the heist a name, ‘HBO and Game of Thrones……!!!!!!’, and have reached out to reporters claiming it to be ‘the greatest leak of the cyber space era’.
What makes the hack even more disrupting for HBO is the fact that they exercise extra caution to protect its data, which includes scripts of the unreleased episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’. The series again has always been a high-value target for hackers given the immense popularity it enjoys.
However, now that the worst has already happened, what remains to be seen is how HBO manages to take things forward from here onwards. The company stated damage control operation of herculean proportions are already on though it could be months or even years that the ripples of the data breach could be felt.