HBO Victim in Latest Cyberattack
Unreleased episodes of HBO shows and Game of Thrones scripts have been leaked as a result of the attack.
HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler has confirmed that the popular network has fallen victim to the latest cyberattack.
The network has been hit by hackers specifically targeting HBO's original programming. Plepler was able to confirm that scripts from the popular program Game of Thrones were leaked as well as unreleased episodes of Room 104 and Ballers.
“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” the network said in a statement. “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.”
In an email to the company, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Plepler said:
As most of you have probably heard by now, there has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming. Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us.
I can assure you that senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team, along with outside experts, are working round the clock to protect our collective interests. The efforts across multiple departments have been nothing short of herculean. It is a textbook example of quintessential HBO teamwork. 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.