HBO became the latest Hollywood entertainment company to fall victim to a major cyber attack as hackers reportedly gained access to episodes of a number shows, along with a “Game of Thrones” script.
The premium cable network on Monday confirmed the attack in a statement:
“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.”
According to “Entertainment Weekly,” which first reported the attack, hackers claimed to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of data from the company. So far, an upcoming episode of “Ballers” and “Room 104” have apparently been put online. In addition, hackers may have accessed written material from next week’s episode of “Game of Thrones.”
HBO is not commenting on what specific content might have been stolen, or the amount of data accessed. On Monday morning, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler sent an email to HBO employees alerting them of the breach.
Per “Variety,” Plepler called the hack “disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us.” Plepler said the problem is being addressed by “senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team, along with outside experts.” He went on to call the efforts to mitigate the hack “nothing short of herculean.”
“The problem before us is unfortunately all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of,” Plepler wrote. “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.”
It’s still unclear who’s behind the hack, but it’s not the first time that Hollywood has been the target of cyber thieves. Netflix was victimized earlier this year when some episodes for the fifth…