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HBO conducts forensic review to understand scope of Game Of Thrones hack

HBO conducts forensic review to understand scope of Game Of Thrones hack”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the hack could expose 1.5 terabytes of the network's data. The hack is seven times the size of the 2014 Sony hack that led to co-chair Amy Pascal stepping down. Even more chilling, there was no ransom demand, say sources, leaving the motive in question and raising the specter that video footage, internal documents or even email correspondence could be leaked.

HBO is still trying to figure out the extent of the cyberattack on its computer systems - but so far there is no evidence that employees' emails were stolen, the company's top executive told staff. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening.

Thanks to a DMCA takedown notice, we now know that the HBO cyber heist not only included secret information about shows but also information about HBO employees. Some reports have suggested that episodes of HBO's "Ballers" and "Room 104" also were taken.

The Sony attack garnered global headlines November 25 after hackers took down the company's computer system in protest over its film "The Interview" and dumped reams of unflattering disclosures onto file-sharing websites that the media raced to publish.

"The entire Library of Congress is estimated to contain 10 terabytes of print content", Ajay Arora, CEO of security firm Vera, told THR.

A Google spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.

Cybersecurity is extremely important for the cable network, and it is now working very closely with law enforcement to find out who hacked the system.

HBO was hacked earlier this week. The new disclosure, Variety reports, also includes "Two episodes of 'Barry, ' the hit man comedy starring Bill Hader that is not scheduled to air until 2018 on the network".

"As most of you have probably heard by now, there has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming", he said.

The hackers said: "Hi to all mankind".

THR also reports that HBO has enlisted the help of cybersecurity firm Mandiat and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, while Variety reports that its working with cybersecurity firm IP Echelon, which it's used before when going after "Game of Thrones" pirates.



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