The latest fallout of the HBO hack has included the unauthorised release of an upcoming Game of Thrones episode synopsis.
Last week, hackers threatened to release episodes of Ballers and Insecure as well as information about Game of Thrones episodes — all of which comprise just a fraction of the 1.5 terabytes of data that’s allegedly stolen.
The situation went from bad to worse for HBO on Monday when the apparent culprit or culprits released a video ransom note that includes executive emails, purported casting information and a file called ‘Script GOT7 E- 05’ (via The Wrap).
Among the other information leaked in the video is a synopsis of scenes from an upcoming Game of Thrones episode. Digital Spy will not publish this synopsis or any illegally leaked information from this hack.
This video concludes with a threat demanding that HBO pay a large sum of money, or risk having the entire cache of stolen leaked onto the internet.
In response to this latest development, an HBO spokesperson said on Monday (August 7): “HBO believed that further leaks might emerge from this cyber incident when we confirmed it last week. As we said, the forensic review is ongoing.
“While it has been reported that a number of emails have been made public, the review to date has not given us a reason to believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised.
“We continue to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident. Meanwhile, our dedicated employees continue to focus on delivering the high quality of entertainment and service for which we are known.”
HBO has been hit with leaked content on all sides recently, with Sunday’s episode ‘The Spoils of War’ turning up online days before it aired. This incident was not related to the wider HBO cyber attack.
Game of Thrones continues with ‘Eastwatch’ on Sunday (August 13) on HBO in the US, and in the early hours of Monday (August 14) on Sky Atlantic in the UK. Watch a trailer below:
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