HBO investigating Twitter hack in latest cyber breach

Ruben Ruiz
August 18, 2017

In the case of season seven, episode six of Game of Thrones-which leaked online today less than a week before its scheduled air date-it was decidedly an example of the latter.

The group posted the same message on the "Game of Thrones" Facebook page along with the note, "let's make #HBOHacked trending!" An unaired episode of Game of Thrones episode was leaked on 4 August, three days before its debut.

Fans itching for an advanced look at the escapades of their favorite dragons will most likely be disappointed, because the dump doesn't appear to contain any actual GOT episodes.

A statement from the network confirmed HBO "accidentally posted" the episode titled "Death Is the Enemy" to its subscriber platforms in Spain and Scandinavia "for a brief time" early Wednesday. In India, episode four of Game of Thrones was recently leaked, leading to the arrest of four suspects.

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As Mashable reports, it is claimed that the OurMine hackers are demanding around $6.5 million in Bitcoin from HBO in exchange for not leaking additional files. He added, "This is not connected to the recent cyber-incident at HBO in the U.S". According to Variety however, the hackers also stole "thousands of Home Box Office internal company documents".

The hackers released a video ransom note, demanding money and signing off with a cruel "Game of Thrones"-related joke: "Winter is coming - HBO is falling".

HBO was first hit by the "major cyber attack" last month, in which hackers threatened to leak a massive 1.5 terabytes of stolen content.

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