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Game of Thrones TV company suffers breach

10 Août 2017

To prove they really did hack HBO, the hackers released about 3-4 gigabytes of data, that included a list of network administrator passwords, as well as a month's worth of emails taken from the account of the network's vice president for film programming, Leslie Cohen.

Last week, the fourth episode of the show's season 7 was leaked online, with speculation suggesting that the leak originated from Star India. In a video letter playing to the soundtrack of Game of Thrones, the hackers demanded their "6-month salary in bitcoin".

Now they're back and demanding a ransom.

The demands came in the form of a five-minute video addressed to HBO CEO Richard Plepler from a "Mr. Smith", outlining the group's latest demands. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the text in the video reads: "We successfully breached into your huge network.HBO was one of our hard targets to deal with but we succeeded (it took about 6 months)". Last week, the same hackers released the script to the previous episode of the flagship HBO show, as well as full episodes of Ballers and Room 104 that at the time had not yet aired. They claim to make between $12 million to $15 million per year blackmailing organizations whose networks they manage to compromise. "So consider us another budget for your advertisements!"

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Numerous more than 50 internal documents released were labelled "confidential", including a spreadsheet of legal claims against the TV network, job offer letters to several top executives, slides discussing future technology plans, and a list of 37,977 emails called "Richard's Contact list", an apparent reference to Plepler.

HBO bosses have called in the FBI to investigate the security breach, while also working with police and cybersecurity experts in an attempt to prevent the release of any more information or unaired episodes. "As we said, the forensic review is ongoing", a representative of HBO said.

The broadcaster has said it continues to investigate the incident.