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

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”.

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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.

Comments

Toxicosis gespiri Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:36 Permalink

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.

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booboo Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:15 Permalink

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

EhKnowKneeMass jaxville Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:12 Permalink

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.

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thevekja Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:17 Permalink

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)))

Tallest Skil thevekja Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:02 Permalink

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.

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DieselChadron Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:21 Permalink

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)

I am Jobe Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:25 Permalink

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 

VIS MAIOR Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:30 Permalink

"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. 

sirsmokum (not verified) Tue, 08/08/2017 - 09:34 Permalink

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.