HBO Hackers Leak Game of Thrones Finale
The hacking group responsible for stealing 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO has struck again, leaking information about the impending Game of Thrones finale, which is scheduled to air on Sunday night.
The group claims that its latest data dump contains confidential plot summaries and detailed outlines for the show.
HBO, for its part, is maintaining its equanimity: "The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention…that’s a game we’re not going to participate in,” it said in a statement.
This is the latest escalation of the breach that came to light last week. The attackers say they have 1.5 terabytes of information in all—seven times the volume of the 2014 Sony breach. They have been continually releasing information—including unaired full episodes for several HBO shows, executive emails and social media passwords—and say they won’t stop until their demand for $6.5 million in ransom is met.
The group struck a taunting tone in a statement to Mashable.
"We know exactly what HBO and shoemakers around are doing now," they said. "Unlike HBO, we never getting surprised. Pattern analysis of HBO's silly hidden acts are as we expected. We eagerly waiting for Fireye's [sic] report … tell them to hurry up."
They also said they have 5 terabytes, not 1.5, and that they’ve sold it all off.
"By the way, we officially inform you and other hundred of reporters whom emailing us that we sold 'HBO IS FALLING's entire collection (5 TB!!!) to 3 customer in deep web and we earned half of requested ransom," the hackers told Mashable. "We put a condition for our respected customers and they approved. We will leak many many waves of HBO's internal stuff to punish them for playing us and set an example of greedy corporation."
Source: Information Security Magazine