White Walkers are coming to Westeros.
But HBO is facing battles on its own forefront against an enemy worse than the Army of the Dead — hackers!
According to EW, the premium cable network has suffered a major cyber attack, with hackers posting upcoming episodes of a couple series and at least one script or treatment online.
In even graver news (depending on where your morality lies), the hackers who breached the company’s systems are threatening to leak again!
HBO is investigating the incident and working with agencies to protect its data, confirming 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.”
The hackers claimed to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of data from the network. This includes an upcoming episode of Ballers and Room 104, which have apparently been put online.
Though the biggest attack is the leak of written material allegedly from the upcoming fourth episode of Game Of Thrones!
HBO is not specifying what titles may have been stolen. On Monday, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler sent an email to employees regarding the breach, writing:
“As most of you have probably heard by now, there has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming. Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us. I can assure you that senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team, along with outside experts, are working round the clock to protect our collective interests. The efforts across multiple departments have been nothing short of herculean. It is a textbook example of quintessential HBO teamwork. 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.”
The hack was sent in an anonymous, jovial email to reporters on Sunday, reading:
“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├óΓé¼┬ª├óΓé¼┬ª!!!!!! 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.”
XOXO, Euron Greyjoy?
As of now, no GoT episodes have leaked. So, it’s not clear whether the hackers actually have the HBO flagship property in their clutches.
Hopefully execs find the Dragonglass equivalent of whatever destroys hackers. Fresh air, maybe?
[Image via HBO.]