Hackers are demanding a multimillion-dollar ransom from television network HBO, threatening to release confidential corporate information and whole Game of Thrones episodes.
Hackers are demanding a multimillion-dollar ransom in bitcoins from television network HBO, threatening to release confidential corporate information and whole Game of Thrones episodes.
According to the Guardian (theguardian.com), the hacker called “Mr Smith” told the company to pay within three days or they would leak the HBO shows and confidential personal data of the series` stars.
It is claimed that the hackers have taken hold of 1.5 TB of data, demanding to communicate directly with HBO`s chief executive Richard Plepler.
As the Guardian wrote, the hackers released 3.4 GB of files, including technical data detailing HBO`s internal network and passwords, emails and draft scripts of five Game of Thrones episodes.
Many of the released documents are reportedly labelled “confidential”, including job offer letters to top executives and even the confidential cast list for Game of Thrones. The latter seems to include personal telephone numbers and email addresses of actors like Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke.
The HBO hacker attack follows the Sony leaks in 2014 when North-Korea linked hakers stole data, including embarassing emails and the personal information of employees.
The hackers are reportedly claiming that HBO is their 17th target, as the Guardian reported.