HBO Cyberattack Driven By Mysterious Motives

HBO Cyberattack Driven By Mysterious Motives

By Peter Suciu

Aug 3, 2017 1:11 PM PT

Time Warner’s pay-TV network HBO on Wednesday admitted that it had been targeted by a cyberattack, confirming an anonymous email the alleged hackers distributed to media outlets last weekend.

Among the content that may have been compromised were upcoming episodes of the series Ballers, Barry and Room 104, along with script outlines of the channel’s hit show Games of Thrones.

In total, the hackers may have obtained 1.5 TB of internal company documents. However, they apparently did not access any actual episodes of Game of Thrones, and no upcoming episodes have appeared online.

Some of the hacked content was listed in a Reddit inventory that since has been deleted.

HBO quickly downplayed the attack. It was unlikely that the cable company’s email system had been compromised, CEO Richard Plepler said in an email to employees.

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