This weekend, the same email landed in the inboxes of an untold number of entertainment journalists. “1.5 TB of HBO data just leaked!!!” screamed the subject header, while the email itself, addressed “to all mankind,” promised “the greatest leak of space era” and a link to a site that hosts an unreleased Game of Thrones script and not-yet-aired episodes of Ballers, Insecure, Room 104, and Barry. According to the hackers, there’s plenty more where that came from.
HBO has confirmed that an attack happened, though not the scope. “There has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming,” wrote HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler in an email to employees.
With streaming hacks like this one, though, it remains to be seen if size correlates with impact.
On Sunday morning, an email from an unnamed group—though they appear to have adopted the tagline “HBO is falling”—went out to reporters, telling them, “You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it & spread the words.” In addition to the link mentioned above, the email also included contact information for HBO communications VP Jeff Cusson.