- The Washington Times - Monday, July 31, 2017

A major cybersecurity breach at HBO has put intellectual property related to “Game of Thrones,” “Ballers,” and “Room 104” into the hands of hackers.

The entertainment industry found itself once again the victim of digital thievery over the weekend as an anonymous group claimed to have stolen roughly 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO. The theft follows similar breaches of Netflix in April and Sony Pictures in 2014.

“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” the network confirmed in a statement, Entertainment Weekly reported Monday. “We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”

An email was also sent to the company’s employees.

“Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us,” CEO Richard Plepler wrote. “I can assure you that senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team, along with outside experts, are working round the clock to protect our collective interests. The efforts across multiple departments have been nothing short of herculean. It is a textbook example of quintessential HBO teamwork. The problem before us is unfortunately all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of. As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully.”

Hackers told already put an episode of “Ballers” online along with details about an upcoming episode from “Game of Thrones,” EW reported.

“The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening,” the hackers wrote Sunday. “What’s its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its HBO and Game of Thrones……!!!!!! You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it & spread the words. Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him. HBO is falling.”

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