After being hacked for a bunch of data and have an episode leaked last week, HBO is facing threats from hackers again.
Last week, hackers released multiple episodes of unreleased HBO shows and scripts online. This week, those same hackers are claiming to have to have 1.5 terabytes of data in all.
According to Wired, this round of leaks includes scripts for the first four episodes of this season of Game of Thrones season, the script of the yet-to-air fifth episode. Beyond those leaked scripts, the spill contains countless HBO internal documents, including emails, financial balance sheets, employment agreements, and marketing-strategy PDFs. One of the leaked documents reportedly includes a list of the phone numbers and email addresses for actors Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and Emilia Clark.
All of the leaked documents are watermarked with the hackers’ motto “HBO is Falling.”
The hackers have finally revealed their motive: extortion. In a rambling letter published as a scrolling video set to the Game of Thrones score, the hackers have reproduced an ultimatum that they imply they’ve sent to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, demanding an amount of money as ransom for the stolen data, which they’ll otherwise continue to leak. “Our demand is clear and Non-Negotiable: We want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your Data,” the letter reads. “HBO spends 12 million for Market Research and 5 million for GOT7 advertisements. So consider us another budget for your advertisements!”
Much of the rest of the letter recounts the various ways HBO could hypothetically suffer from the full leak, from upsetting fans to informing competitors. “Leakage will be your worst nightmare,” the note reads. “So make a wise decision!” It ends with an image of the “Night King” villain from Game of Thrones with his arms raised, the word “standing” in one hand and “falling” in the other.
The ransom note, written by “Mr. Smith,” states that the deadline for that payment is three days from when the letter was sent.
They also claim to have unreleased episodes of HBO shows Room 104, Insecure, an untitled show by Silicon Valley director Mike Judge, and the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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