New Threat Promises Emails to Be Released Sunday — HBO Hack

"At this time, we do not believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing", Richard Plepler, President and CEO, HBO, said earlier this week.

As hackers become more sophisticated, more giant companies could be targets.

The situation is serious enough that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly been brought into the fold, as has a cybersecurity firm that helped with the devastating 2014 hack of the film studio Sony Pictures. Today, new details are emerging courtesy of THR. For HBO's sake, I'm sure they're hoping that it's mostly video that was taken.

"I have not yet offhand heard much on the intrusion mechanism", Purtilo added.

HBO parent company Time Warner is in the midst of an $85 billion merger with AT&T, which may be near closing.

"You have to understand that the reasons hackers attack certain sites vary greatly", noted Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

Still, even with that context, it's hard to fathom just how much data we're talking about. If the attackers don't want money, one could surmise that they're simply out to damage HBO and seemingly increases the likelihood that stolen data will eventually be leaked online.

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Rift Valley regional coordinator Wanyama Musiambo who is at the home declined to comment on the operation. The DP's home has since been cordoned off and Recce Squad officers have been deployed.

Given the fact that content is so expensive to produce, and that it routinely is pirated, it's questionable whether future hackers will consider it valuable enough to exploit. Sony and Netflix have also had material taken.

However, due to an ominous email sent to reporters from an anonymous address, it is quite possible an unofficial, illicit premiere could be coming soon.

HBO isn't the only entertainment content provider to have their episodes virtually stolen.

Attacks may not have financial drivers - they could be politically or socially motivated.

Two days later, the "incident" appears to be far bigger than first thought, with some claiming that it may be larger than the infamous hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014. However, one Reddit user who claimed to have downloaded at least part of it characterized it as "trash from HBO servers", with one shared archive file allegedly containing Windows backups and tutorials for popular database software.

The company is hired by HBO to delete all the search results for the leaked data from Google.

  • Kyle Warner