It seems that hackers have breached yet another wall in their ongoing assault against Hollywood studios. This time HBO was the victim, and via initial reports from EW, they indicate that video and content for upcoming episodes of a number of series, including the script for next week’s Game of Thrones. In total, the hackers are said to have made off with more than 1.5 terabytes of material.
HBO confirmed the data breach to Variety, saying:
“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information. We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”
Via an internal email to employees, HBO CEO Richard Plepler addressed the attack:
“The problem before us is unfortunately all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of. As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully.”
Given that this breach included more than just video content, there’s likely to be an ongoing trickle of data dumps, including scripts, emails, and about everything else that a company could consider embarrassing and/or disruptive. This would be the largest reported data breach since late last year when post-production company Larson Studios was breached and hackers made off with episodes and films from nearly every major production studio.
This story is still developing and we’ll keep you updated as we find out more.