Game of Thrones Stars' Personal Details Leaked As HBO Hack Escalates

HBO Hackers Threaten to Leak More Data on Sunday Report

The video followed a file dump which included the script to an upcoming Game Of Thrones episode and a month's worth of emails from an HBO programming executive.

HBO, which had previously acknowledged the theft of "proprietary information", said it's continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts. In a five-minute video letter from someone called "Mr Smith", the hackers told the company to pay within three days or they would reveal more HBO shows and confidential corporate information. The hackers, whose motto is "HBO is Falling", demanded $6 million in bitcoin, the digital currency.

HBO bosses have called in the FBI to investigate the security breach, while also working with police and cybersecurity experts in an attempt to prevent the release of any more information or unaired episodes.

In that attack, hackers unearthed thousands of embarrassing emails and released personal information, including salaries and social security numbers, of almost 50,000 current and former Sony employees.

The hack came at a sensitive time for HBO, whose parent Time Warner is awaiting regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc T.N in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October. The hackers recently published a publicly accessible link to a treasure trove of data. Hackers also accessed the personal phone numbers and email addresses of Game of Thrones actors.

In the automated email, the cybercriminals reiterate previous claims to have obtained a total of 1.5 terabyte of data from HBO's computer network.

Along with the emails were files marked "Confidential" and "Script GOT7" and a video of demands addressed to HBO CEO Richard Plepler. "HBO spends $12 million for market research and $5 million for ('Game of Thrones' season 7) advertisements, so consider us another budget for your advertisements!"

According to the hackers, it took them six months to break into HBO's network, adding that they are expending US$500,000 a year to declare zero-day exploits which give hackers the open gateway to breach networks. The leak apparently had seventh season's fifth episode plot details alongside "castings, script summaries and marketing materials" for the popular fantasy drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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