HBO leaks continues after hack

The hackers who breached HBO’s servers have continued to leak unreleased scripts and episodes of hit TV shows. Curb Your Enthusiasm and Insecure were the latest shows, among others, to be made available on the internet according to Associated Press.

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Last week it was reported the hackers had demanded a ransom to be paid in order to stop the leak of any more episodes like the fourth episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones. An earlier leak indicated that HBO had offered the hackers $250,000 (£192,300) – Variety reported.

HBO is seemingly unwilling to play this game of cat and mouse any longer “It has been widely reported that there was a cyber-incident at HBO,” the television network said on Sunday. “The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention.
That is a game we are not going to participate in.”

While this position is admirable, and advisable, Chris Boyd, Malware Intelligence Analyst at Malwarebytes, suggests that the worst is unfortunately yet to come for HBO.

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“It’s probable that the hackers will continue to leak content in an attempt to embarrass HBO further, but HBO is doing the right thing by not taking the bait. Sadly, the damage will be the same regardless of whether HBO comment or not. Where leaks such as this are concerned, the hackers tend to release the least important data first, so they have to ask themselves what are they potentially building towards?”


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