Earlier this week HBO discovered that they had been hacked by a user(s) calling themselves little.finger66, and this time, it made the Sony hack, back in 2014, look like child’s play. All told, little.finger66 walked away with a terabyte-and-a-half of data from HBO’s servers (about seven times the amount of data stolen from Sony) releasing full episodes of shows like Ballers, the full script of this week’s Game Of Thrones episode and employees’ personal information. The company’s CEO, Richard Plepler, reassured the public and HBO employees that the cyber-security firm Mandiant, along with the FBI, are working around the clock to correct the situation.
And now, just today, Slate.com reports that yet another data breach from one of HBO’s distributers has leaked the full fourth episode of Game Of Thrones on the internet. It is unknown if they stole any more episodes or any other information at this time, though they are fairly certain little.finger66 was not involved. This particular hack seems to be completely separate from the first, but of course, it couldn’t come at a worse time.
And the cherry that goes on top of what has been an incredibly bad week for HBO, yet another hacker is threatening to release stolen company emails on Sunday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Allegedly, the hackers demanded some sort of ransom for the stolen information which HBO did not pay, prompting the release. To make matters worse, just days before, Plepler tried to reassure HBO employees by stating “we do not believe that our email system as whole has been compromised.” Plepler certainly couldn’t have known the scope of the damage at the point in which he made that statement. But it seems a bit presumptuous to say anything at all before an investigation could be thoroughly conducted. Either way, the situation is still developing and it’s hard to ascertain just how much damage has been done or what steps HBO will take in the future to avoid such a disastrous situation.