HBO Hackers Leak Senior Exec Emails, Demand Ransom


The HBO hackers have upped the ante on their cyber-activities, dropping a ransom note on the premium cable network and leaking executive emails and more Game of Thrones tidbits.

The criminals sent in the goods to The Hollywood Reporter, in the form of nine confidential files with screenshots of the stolen materials. They included a month’s worth of emails from the inbox of a senior executive, plus a screenshot of a file directory with folders for various shows, including unreleased episodes of upcoming shows like Room 104, Insecure and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and an untitled show by Silicon Valley director Mike Judge. On the Game of Thrones front, the materials include plot summary for this week’s upcoming episode, marketing spreadsheets and media plans—and contact information for stars of the hit series.

This is the latest escalation of the breach that came to light last week. The attackers say they have 1.5 terabytes of information in all—seven times the volume of the 2014 Sony breach.



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