HBO has indicated that it will not respond to or deal with unnamed hackers who managed to steal several volumes of content from its servers.
HBO alleges that hackers are trying to generate media attention by leaking several episodes and that it will not indulge itself in the game.
Earlier this month, a group of hackers leaked the script for an upcoming episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones as well as one episode each from HBO’s Ballers and Room 104 TV series. Yesterday, the group followed it up by leaking several episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, a comedy series whose next season will be aired in October.
The leaks started occurring after the hackers managed to infiltrate HBO’s internal IT systems and stole up to 1.5TB of videos and scripts in July. HBO admitted to the data breach and is now working with law enforcement and outside cyber security firms to mitigate the fallout.
Following the leak of several episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO released a press statement through which the production house stated that it will not bow down before the hackers and will continue to focus on what it does best.
‘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,’ said HBO.
‘Obviously, no company wants their proprietary information stolen and released on the internet. Transparency with our employees, partners, and the creative talent that works with us has been our focus throughout this incident and will remain our focus as we move forward. This incident has not deterred us from ensuring HBO continues to do what we do best,’ it added.
Despite HBO’s statements, the hackers in question aren’t giving up yet. The data that they leaked recently also contained a a $250,000 “bounty payment” offer from HBO, contrary to its public stance. They have also leaked episodes of other HBO series like Insecure, The Deuce, and Barry.
When it comes to facing cyber attacks and suffering loss of data, HBO isn’t alone. In June, a hacker group named Dark Overlord released ten episodes of the popular series ‘Orange Is the New Black‘ on the web after Netflix refused to pay them ransom.
The hacker group had earlier received $50,000 from a post-production movie studio in Hollywood after they were able to steal the ten episodes from the firm’s Windows 7-based computers. However, as is often the case, the said amount failed to satiate their greed.
“It’s probable that the hackers will continue to leak content in an attempt to embarrass HBO further, but HBO is doing the right thing by not taking the bait,” believes Chris Boyd, Malware Intelligence Analyst at Malwarebytes, a Silicon Valley-based cyber security company.
“Sadly, the damage will be the same regardless of whether HBO comment or not. Where leaks such as this are concerned, the hackers tend to release the least important data first, so they have to ask themselves what are they potentially building towards?” he adds.
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