Between the stolen material are 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. Some internal documents are also in hacker’s possession, including some referring to the marketing strategy. In total, they claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data. This is seven times as much data from the network as was stolen in the 2014 Sony hack.
First, unaired episodes of Ballers and Room 104 were exposed online. The leaked “Game of Thrones” scripts include a watermark with the hackers’ motto, “HBO is falling.” HBO declared it’s working with police and cybersecurity experts. Hackers claim to have more data, including scripts, upcoming episodes of HBO shows and movies, and information damaging to HBO. The asked ransom is at least $6 million. “Our demand is clear and Non-Negotiable: We want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your Data,” the bad guys said and they want the money to be paid in three days. They have promised that more content from the hack will be released periodically over the next few weeks. Google was asked to remove any links lo leaked HBO files. The identity of the hacker(s) is not known.