Game of Thrones script leaked after HBO hack
Upcoming episodes and at least one alleged script has been stolen from HBO's compromised computer systems
HBO has suffered a cyber-hack where hackers have reportedly leaked the script of next week's Game of Thrones (GoT) episode.
Entertainment Weekly (EW) reported that hackers compromised HBO's computer systems stealing 1.5 terabytes of data, including GoT material along with upcoming episodes from Ballers and Room 104.
EW reported that the cybercriminals emailed several journalists informing them of the leak but also promising more leaks will emerge soon.
The email said: "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."
HBO has not confirmed what has been stolen but it said in a statement: "HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information. We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold."
HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler emailed HBO employees alerting them of the breach, adding that the intrusion was "obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us".
He added: "The problem before us is unfortunately all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of. As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully."