Hackers Leak Game Of Thrones Episode 4
HBO has recently confirmed the alleged cyber-attack rumored to have secured access to the Game of Thrones S7E04 script, along with episodes of Ballers and Room 104.
The hackers claim to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of HBO data, and threaten more attacks to come.
HBO's confirmation of the cyber-attack included a statement claiming the loss of "Proprietary information."
Entertainment Weekly reported an anonymous email received on Sunday, announcing the cyber-attack:
Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What's its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its [sic] HBO and Game of Thrones......!!!!!! You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it & spread the words. Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him. HBO is falling.
While the leaking of Game of Thrones (or any) material is not in the best interest of the show's team or HBO's, leaks of this sort have been proven in the past to be less serious than they sound.
In 2015, almost half of the fifth season of GoT was leaked online before the premier, and yet the season's official premier reached nearly 8 million viewers.
Of course, the leaking of any network content can open the floodgates and allow potentially more compromising data, such as private emails and financial statements, to be released to the public, allowing for the possibility of lawsuits and other legal repercussions.
So far, the hackers have not asked for money or any other ransom, and HBO appears hopeful that the leak will soon be shut down.