Hackers Didn't Break Into Our Emails — HBO President

Lawrence Kim
August 3, 2017

A massive cyberattack has been carried out on the HBO network.

The data stolen from HBO could be at least seven times more than was stolen from Sony in 2014. The network now fears that "video footage, internal documents or even email correspondence" could next be made public.

CEO Richard Plepler told his employees in a memo Wednesday that the hack a few days ago may not be as bad as reported.

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. So far, an upcoming episode of Ballers and Room 104 have apparently been put online.

Hackers claimed to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of data from the company.

'If not for video and sound, a corporation the size of HBO might fit (entirely) in a terabyte, including all the email and spreadsheets ever written or stored'.

Adds Ajay Arora, CEO of security firm Vera, "The entire Library of Congress is estimated to contain 10 terabytes of print content". "As such, it's hard to believe the video and/or audio are not part of what was stolen".

HBO is the latest victim of a large-scale security breach, and the company is still investigating just how big it is.

HBO is still not commenting on what content might have been stolen, but the data includes programming and personnel information.

The hackers released this data in the form of a text document which contained said executive's personal information.

'The fact that you have law enforcement and a [cybersecurity] firm involved most likely means this will be a very large incident for HBO'.

In April, a hacker penetrated Netflix to release episodes from season 5 of Orange Is the New Black ahead of its summer return.

Though there is little detail on what else might have been nabbed, many are wondering whether the Westeros-loving hacker got ahold of similar emails and financial data that led to the ouster of Sony's Amy Pascal.

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.

HBO is taking a proactive approach. Says Rasmussen, "The question now is what do they have, who did this, and what was the motive?" "I've never seen it happen this fast".

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