Earlier in July HBO’s security was breached. Hacker’s stole 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO’s US servers, including TV episodes and scripts. The hackers released the episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104” online as well as the script of an upcoming episode of game of thrones. Various reporters also received an email from the alleged hackers, who claimed they had conducted the “greatest leak of cyber space era” and that “HBO is falling.” The FBI and cyber security firm Mandiant, which also investigated the Sony hack, launched an investigation on this hack.
On August 4 the fourth episode of game of thrones was leaked by Star India, one of the HBO’s distribution partners. It was leaked online two days after the company suffered the security breach. The leak was unrelated to breach, but Indian police still arrested four men in Mumbai in connection with the leak.
On August 8, hackers released five Game of Thrones scripts and emails from Leslie Cohen, the network’s vice president for film programming. Four of the scripts were from the episodes which ahd already been aired, but one script was for an upcoming episode. They were all watermarked “HBO IS FALLING”. The hackers, who went by the name “Mr. Smith,” also demanded “our 6-month salary in Bitcoin” from HBO, which appears to be rough $6 million, according to The New York Times.On August 16.the sixth episode of Game of
On August 16.the sixth episode of Game of Thrones was aired by HBO itself. HBO Nordic mistakenly aired the sixth episode of the seventh season of game of thrones in Spain. The show aired for an hour before it was taken down. However, it was more than enough time for the episode to make it onto torrent and Reddit. This leak was unrelated to the hack.
Today at around 11 p.m.ET, a group called OurMine hacked HBO’s twitter account. They made a tweet which said
Hi, OurMine is here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security
This tweet was deleted within an hour after HBO got the hold of their account. The group also hacked several of HBO’s individual hit shows social media accounts like Game of thrones, veep, ballers, last week tonight and silicon valley. OurMine have hacked the accounts of Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, actor Channing Tatum and websites TechCrunch and Buzzfeed in the past. OurMine seems to be unrelated to the “Mr. Smith” group that breached HBO’s servers, and are described by Daily Beast as a “white hat” hacker group who raise awareness about lax security.It is still unclear that how was OurMine able to access the twitter account of HBO, but it is being said by various sources that the confidential information that was leaked during the hack that HBO faced in July may have provided OurMine with some info regarding the weakness in HBO’s security.