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HBO hackers allegedly release executive's emails, 'Game of Thrones' episode summary

HBO hackers allegedly release executive's emails, 'Game of Thrones' episode summary

To show they were serious, last week they leaked a Game of Thrones episode script and now this week, the hackers have returned with a new ransom demand, while also leaking some internal emails and more Game of Thrones spoilers.

Now, the latest trailer for episode five has been released - and it looks like things are set to get even more serious.

While HBO didn't confirm at the time what had been stolen in its entirety, the hackers alleged that they had 1.5TB of data in their possession.

Last week, "Game of Thrones" fans were left devastated after news that HBO cache was hacked and new content was in the possession of "Mr Smit". "We don't want to endanger HBO's situation nor cause it to lose its reputation", Mr. Smith says in the video. "HBO was one of our hard targets to deal with but we succeeded (it took about 6 months)", said a video message sent to HBO CEO Richard Plepler.

We don't know if they have made a ransom demand to HBO in exchange for not leaking anything else.

"The forensic review is ongoing", HBO said in a statement.

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On Monday, the network said it did not believe its email system in its entirety had been compromised. "So consider us another budget for your advertisements!"

The hackers reportedly included a video message to Plepler asking for "our six-month salary in bitcoin" - which is apparently how long it took to hack HBO's system.

Having initially posted around half a gigabyte of unreleased HBO shows and scripts online, the hackers have now upped their game.

HBO has become the latest victim of an elaborate hacking scheme, and it seems that the hackers aren't through based on a recent report by the Associated Press.

It's understood that HBO is the hackers' 17 target and only three of those refused to pay the ransom. "We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cyber-security firms", it said.

It is still unclear who is behind this hack.


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