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HBO: Email System Likely Not Affected in Monday Hack Attack

HBO: Email System Likely Not Affected in Monday Hack Attack

In a Wednesday email to employees, CEO Richard Plepler wrote that "we do not believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised". They also claimed that they obtained over 1.5 terabytes of data from the hack, which they promised to release in the near future.

HBO officials said Wednesday that they are continuing to look for evidence that the hackers accessed company communications.

The media and telecommunications industries have been going through a "Game of Thrones" moment themselves, with various companies this year creating alliances or pondering mergers with each other in an effort to gain an advantage.

Earlier this year, hackers also managed to leak episodes of Netflix's original series "Orange Is The New Black". Today, new details are emerging courtesy of THR.

The hack also may have implications for the pending sale of HBO parent Time Warner to AT&T, which was agreed to in October at the price of $85 billion.

The company declined to comment on reports that unbroadcast episodes and scripts were among the data hacked, citing an "ongoing investigation" by unspecified law enforcement officials.

The motive could be relatively mundane.

Variety reports that security company IP Echelon - which frequently works for HBO to remove infringing content from Google - determined that hackers stole "thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents".

As hackers become more sophisticated, more giant companies could be targets.

While having GoT hacked and released early is newsworthy, I honestly do not think that it matters almost as much as the claimed accounts and databases that have possibly been compromised, or the claim that the hackers continue to have access.

"That makes the event quite different than the 2014 Sony hack executed by the 'Guardians of Peace, ' who were later identifiedas North Korea-supported hackers who were retaliating against Sony's film, The Interview, which parodied North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un", said King.

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 3: HBO is not leaving any stone unturned is assuring its staff that the hackers could not get the hold of their mails. At first, the network downplayed the hack, saying that not much was stolen and suggesting that the hack was not a critical breach of security.


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