It’s been a wild couple of weeks for HBO.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, HBO has been the victim of one of the biggest cyber attack in history. Hackers have taken 1.5 terabytes of data from the company, stole personal information of one of the HBO executives. They’ve even asked for a multimillion-dollar ransom from the network.
Surprisingly, they’ve only released episodes of the show Ballers and Room 104, while claiming to have upcoming episodes of the channel’s biggest money maker, Game of Thrones. But, with the recent leak having nothing to do with the hack, and only 3 episodes left to go this season, people are suspecting they might be bluffing on how much GOT content they really possess.
So far, HBO has offered the hackers $250,000 in an attempt to stall further leaks. According to Variety:
The message also implores the hacker to extend a ransom-payment deadline for one week while the $250,000 payment is made and the necessary amount of bitcoin can be secured. “You have the advantage of having surprised us,” the message reads. “In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week.”
An industry insider even spoke to Deadline, implying that the hackers don’t really have that much Game of Thrones content if they’re willing to stall, comparing the situation to the Netflix hack earlier this year:
If they had something they would have put it out there by now like what happened with Netflix. Either they didn’t get far, there wasn’t a lot to get or what they got is in too many pieces to add up to much.
Need further proof? New evidence suggests that leaked HBO executive emails from the hackers may have been forged documents.
Hey, hackers, if you want to do something big, release that GOT finale ASAP.
[Via Elite Daily]