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Stakes are high, when you can literally make the world await an episode with baited breath. HBO, the network behind shows like Game of Thrones, Ballers, and Room 104, has been hacked. The network itself has confirmed the incident. A group of hackers have reportedly leaked GoT script along with 1.5TB of HBO data that has other popular TV shows.
"HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information," HBO said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cyber security firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold," the network added.
According to The Telegraph, hackers claimed to steal 1.5TB of data, including the script for episode 4 of the latest GoT season as well as unreleased episodes of Dwayne Johnson-starrer Ballers and Room 104, two of HBO's other shows. The anonymous hackers have also threatened to leak out more material in the near future.
"After Sony's hack in 2014, the HBO hack is a reminder of the new world that we live in. 1.5 Terabytes is a lot of data to lose", said Ankush Johar, director, BugsBounty.com. "The question is not IF you will be hacked, it's WHEN you will be hacked. And when you do, have you put the right alarm bells in place to mitigate your risk and minimise the damage?" Johar added.
Watch this space for more details on the issue.
(With inputs from IANS)