HBO Hackers Demand Millions In Ransom After Posting Stolen 'Game Of Throne' Scripts Online

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Hackers referring to themselves only as "Mr. Smith," which we assume is short for Vladimir Putin, posted a fresh trove of stolen HBO files on Monday, including yet to be aired Game of Thrones scripts, and demanded millions in ransom to prevent additional releases.  Per the Associated Press:

The data dump included what appear to be scripts from five "Game of Thrones" episodes, including one upcoming episode, and a month's worth of email from the account of Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming. There were also internal documents, including a report of legal claims against the network and job offer letters to top executives.

 

This is the second data dump from the purported hacker. So far the HBO leaks have been limited, falling well short of the chaos inflicted on Sony in 2014. In that attack, hackers unearthed thousands of embarrassing emails and released personal information, including salaries and social security numbers, of nearly 50,000 current and former Sony employees.

 

Those behind the HBO hack claim to have more data, including scripts, upcoming episodes of HBO shows and movies, and information damaging to HBO.

In aggregate, the hackers claim to have taken 1.5TB of data – the equivalent to several TV series box sets or millions of documents – but HBO said that it doesn’t believe its email system as a whole has been compromised, although it did acknowledge the theft of “proprietary information”.

night king

 

In a video directed to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, "Mr. Smith" (a.k.a. "Vlad") used white text on a black background to threaten further disclosures if HBO doesn't pay up. To stop the leaks, the purported hackers demanded "our 6 month salary in bitcoin," which they implied is at least $6 million.  More from The Guardian:

The hackers demanded “our six-month salary in bitcoin”, claiming they earn $12m to $15m a year from blackmailing organisations whose networks they have breached. They said they would only deal directly with “Richard” and only send one “letter” detailing how to pay.

 

Along with the video, the hackers released 3.4GB of files. The dump contained technical data detailing HBO’s internal network and administrator passwords, draft scripts from five Game of Thrones episodes, including this week’s instalment, and a month’s worth of emails from HBO’s vice president for film programming, Leslie Cohen.

 

The hackers claim it took six months to break into HBO’s network, and that they spend $500,000 a year purchasing so called zero-day exploits that let them break into networks through holes not yet known to Microsoft and other software companies.

HBO confirmed the hack back over a week ago but said they were working with law enforcement and cybersecurity firms to address the problem...which doesn't sound like they have any intentions of paying a ransom.

The company says that it is working with law enforcement and cybersecurity firms.

 

HBO CEO Richard Pepler says in an email to the network’s employees that “proprietary information” was stolen in the hack. Spokesman Jeff Cusson would not comment on which specific TV episodes, movies or other video the hackers made off with.

Sorry, Vlad but you're barking up the wrong tree on this one.  Americans don't really care much if you meddled in our elections, we're quite aware that our intelligence agencies do that all the time, but if you drop a Game of Thrones spoiler then shit's going to get real.  Fair warning.

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gespiri's picture

Who cares?  

Let's try to read more books and watch less garbage TV.

Toxicosis's picture

Agreed.  These shows are night-time soap opera's.  I swear tons of people tell me to watch this shit.  I prefer reality most of the time.  I prefer not to live my life through this shit.  People are so highly entrenched now in entertainment and escapism.  So like you said, who cares. 

And these people who are captivated by shit like this and talk about these shows as if somehow they are real life I wish are the ones who during this upcoming depression go first since their capacity to deal with real shit will leave much to be desired.

booboo's picture

Let me guess, the midget drinks lots of wine, the white walkers keep walking and lots of guys eating chicken legs...pay me bitchez

jaxville's picture

What the heck is Game of Thrones?

tmosley's picture

Lord of the Rings fanfiction written by a degenerate.

EhKnowKneeMass's picture

What is Games of Thrones? Presenting GoT as a list.

Incest
Fuck
Rape
Kill
Incest
Fuck more
Kill more
Slaughter
Betray
Scheme
Connive
Fuck
Shit
Shit
Kill
Incest
Burn
Magic
Fucking English accent
Fuck
Fuck and, finally, a little more fuck.

That's 7 seasons of GoT for you. The neutered plebes are very entertained.

rpboxster's picture

Let me guess, the midget drinks lots of wine, the white walkers keep walking and lots of guys eating chicken legs...pay me bitchez

 

...and boobies.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Those are the side plots. It's really about killing and fucking.

thevekja's picture

Anyone else noticing how pozzed this show has become? Especially the rapefugee Dothraki telling Tyrian "Your people can't fight" as the Lannister army is bravely being burned alive.

More anti-white (((propaganda)))

achmachat's picture

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar...

spanish inquisition's picture

"Some times a cigar is a dildo" - Bill Clinton

Blackfox's picture

A Jewish company getting blackmailed for $6 million - oh vey!

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

A Jewish company getting blackmailed for $6 million - oh vey!

did anyone notice in "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" that the Mül people state "6 million" died in their genocide?

Tallest Skil's picture

The franchise was always pozzed. It's nothing more than high school-level "intrigue"–that anyone with the proper neurological capacity of someone in his early 20s can see right through–and softcore pornography. Never mind the ludicrously out of place socialist and leftist ideological normalization of faggotry, et. al. It's the absolute epitome of what the Western world has become, neurologically. It's perfect in its assessment thereof.

AND IT ALL DESERVES TO FUCKING BURN TO THE GROUND. THE CREATORS SPECIFICALLY.

quadraspleen's picture

the world shrugs its shoulders

Chupacabra-322's picture

Why don't they release the real live drama script of who Murdered

Seth Rich?

DieselChadron's picture

the very best part about society nowadays is hacking.  everything else is so fuckin boring.  but, when a good hack happens, what joy!  what excitement! I wish we could have a great hack story like this every day.  (Russia "hacking" the election does not count)

HisNameIsRP's picture

"Fuck the King!"

-The Hound

roadhazard's picture

What's game of thrones.

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

What's game of thrones.

in 1996: a book.

2016-today: the most downloaded/pirated tv series EVER

DarthVaderMentor's picture

in 1996: a book about gay Vikings and Lesbian Queens.

2016-today: the most downloaded/pirated gay and lesbian tv series EVER

espirit's picture

Attributable to 'Game of Drones', those that sit in front of the boob tube.

HowdyDoody's picture

Gay Vikings? So all that stuff about them going aviking to rape and pillage was a load of balony? It was more 'kill the women and rape the men' and 'we will pillage your shoe shops, coffee bars and hairdressers'?

a Smudge by any other name's picture

Not just that. Haberdashers and milliners factor in heavily. And architects, interior designers, caterers, pretty much the whole suite of services. Let's not forget the bordelliers!

just the tip's picture

and why should i give a fuck?

I am Jobe's picture

Hack em all , AMZN prime, Netflix . All the crap and all people talk about when they get to work. Fuck the sheeples and their fucking shows. Go walk, run, read a book or two. Fucking idiots Americans inbred fucks 

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

Watch how quick the FBi goes to fucking work on this, meanwhile ignoring Hillary's lost emails and Loretta's fake email address.

HowdyDoody's picture

So who did it?

<--- Putin

<--- Fat Boy Kim

Storm-Clouds's picture

Here is the down low I ice dick the Kalessi & the dragons. Game Over. Thanks for playing!

mpcascio's picture

Yeah, because everyone gives a shit about the show.It has to be the Russians.

espirit's picture

Terabyte at internet speeds?

A whack instead of a hack.

Thom Paine's picture

Don't worry Meuller is on it, it could be Trump-Russia collusion.

DarthVaderMentor's picture

Actually the number of "I give 0 Sheet" given has been almost a million viewers. 

VIS MAIOR's picture

"Mr. Smith," which we assume is short for Vladimir Putin... what a shiiitt  

PUTIN IS NEO  . peace and no slavery.  he is against  nwo and one   polar world. 

and motherfucker who want kill or slave all people in world is amuurica. mr.smith :  sit good on mcmaster or madfuckingdog or penisce. 

keep the bastards honest's picture

according to some re MadDog:" remember General Flynn revealing on TV that it was a “willful decision” of the criminal Obama regime to send ISIS to Syria over his objection as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency? " according to Fulford.

just saying.

sirsmokum's picture

What a clever ploy to help the falling ratings of your crappy brainwashing program.  Its ok tho, we all know what you are up to by now.

kindasketchy's picture

You're clearly smoking something-it was once again the number one cable show on tv this week. The season opener broke HBO viewing records. There literally no factual basis for your comment.

robertocarlos's picture

Game of Thrones is gay. RR MArtin is obsessed with wieners.

DarthVaderMentor's picture

I thought I had heard that Game of Thrones is almost all focused on gay Vikings and Lesbian queens.

Hikikomori's picture

Should have stolen the scripts from "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" - far more valuable.

BetterRalph's picture

I pray there are more people than just myself who have never seen one single episode of GOT.

PT's picture

I vaguely know it exists.  Never seen it.

HowdyDoody's picture

Don't have a TeeVee so it's not for me.

 

Ward no. 6's picture

u don't need a tv to see it

can be seen online

saw first season wasn't that impressed so never went beyond the first one