HBO Victim of Massive Cyberattack

When the hackers announced that they had access to confidential HBO data, they also released links to episodes of never-before-released episodes of shows like "Room 104", "Insecure", and "Ballers". That number was never fully confirmed, but the intrusion involved the leaking of a trove of documents and emails, many of which were embarrassing in nature. "At this time, we do not believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing". The Hollywood Reporter quoted sources who said this leaves the motive for the hack in question and raises the "specter that video footage, internal documents or even email correspondence could be leaked". This is not the first time HBO has been the victim of a hack. Another expert added that the entire Library of Congress contains an estimate of 10 terabytes of print material-so it is nearly certain that video and/or audio were stolen.

Similarly, an anonymous hacker recently posted most of the fifth season of Netflix original Orange Is the New Black on file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, after the streaming service reportedly failed to pay a ransom. But, as a security contractor hired by the company found out, this is not the case. 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.

As a dwindling number of players in entertainment becomes responsible for ever more of the nation's cultural output, the remaining companies stand out as major targets, some analysts say. Only a large material change in Time Warner's business would prevent the deal from going through, one of the people said.

HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler sent an internal memo to staff today urging calm as media begin to report out the sketchy details of a hack attack at the premium cabler.

While at least one unnamed hacking group has stepped forward claiming to be responsible, investigators said they are now focused on figuring out what the hackers have, who they are, and what their motives are.

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