By Max Bibeau | USA
Home Box Office, the multibillion dollar entertainment company better known as HBO, has suffered a major hack of its systems. The hack has compromised countless documents and has led to the leaking of episodes of shows, images, and more.
The issue was made public through a report sent to Google on August 1st. IP Echelon, a security company hired by HBO to take down illegal leak distribution sites, filed their report to Google, asking the search media giant to censor illegal links. In the report, they state that ““thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents” were compromised, specifying that the items leaked contained “copyrighted items including documents, images, videos, and sound.”
The items leaked so far have been numerous. The script for an upcoming episode of “Game of Thrones” was released, along with episodes of “Ballers,” “Insecure,” “Room 104,” and two episodes of a show called “Barry,” which was not scheduled for release until 2018. The personal information of an HBO executive has been released in a text document, with specific health information, account passwords, banking information, and more. Employee information is also believed to have been compromised.
The hackers claim to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of data in all, meaning much of the documents have yet to be released. This hack would dwarf the 2014 Sony Pictures hack, which only led to 200 gigabytes of information being released.
The hackers are currently not affiliated with any group or organization and have yet to be identified. The complete size of the hack is unknown, and HBO is working with both the FBI and other private security organizations in order to determine the magnitude of the breach.