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HBO hackers leak Game Of Thrones episode 5 script and demand ransom

10 August 2017

HBO, which had previously acknowledged the theft of "proprietary information", said it's continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts.

Company documents and video episodes of other HBO shows were also shared. HBO doesn't believe the hackers represented by "Mr. Smith" possess actual episodes of Thrones, although they have threatened to release episodes of other series with their "HBO is Falling" logo superimposed.

The leaked confidential documents consist of a spreadsheet of legal claims against the network, job offer letters to several top executives and slides discussing future technology plans.Another document appears to contain the confidential cast list for "Game of Thrones", listing personal cellphone numbers and email addresses for actors such as Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Emelia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen). Those documents include data like HBO CEO Richard Plepler's email contact list (with almost 40,000 entries) and a cast list for Game of Thrones that includes actor phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.

"The review to date has not given us a reason to believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised", he told the news site.

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Alongside the video, the hackers posted 3.4 gigabytes of files, including draft scripts from five upcoming Game of Thrones episodes and emails sent from HBO's vice president for film programming, Leslie Cohen.

That last bit is likely what will get HBO to take action on this leak.

In a ransom video set to the music from Game of Thrones they said: "HBO spends 12 million for market research and 5 million for [Game of Thrones] advertisements". 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. Earlier this year, hackers leaked the entirety of Netflix's new season of Orange Is the New Black more than a month early after the service did not meet their ransom demands.

A group of hackers, which claims to have hacked HBO, has leaked more data from the breach and revealed its motive, Wired reported.

HBO hackers leak Game Of Thrones episode 5 script and demand ransom