HBO just can’t seem to catch a break.
According to now-deleted tweets from HBO’s Twitter account, a group identified as OurMine breached the main account, claiming to test security and making #HBOHacked a viral hashtag. The accounts for Game of Thrones and Girls were also affected as reported by the New York Times.
— Hemaang (@JrSehgal) August 17, 2017
According to Mashable, OurMine is infamous for breaching major companies social media accounts. Netflix, the WWE, and Marvel are just a few of their victims. The tweets were deleted shortly after being posted, and didn’t caused any recognizable damage.
Yet, this social media hack comes after weeks of torment from self-identified hacker, Mr. Smith, who released emails from an HBO executive and unaired episodes of shows like “Ballers” and “Insecure.” Other hacks have released television scripts, episodes and even shooting diaries from West World and Game of Thrones. The hackers also demanded ransom, asking HBO for about $6.5 million in Bitcoin.
With social media accounts and two episode leaks days before their release, including the latest episode set to air this Sunday, Game of Thrones has been a major target for these hackers. Four men were arrested in India as suspects in the leak of Episode 4, “The Spoils of War,” in a different incident separate from the major breach HBO faced. The latest leak of Episode 6 was accidentally leaked by HBO Spain where they made the episode available to subscribers for an hour before removing it.
— Klaogert Selaj (@klaogert_selaj) August 17, 2017
HBO should probably start investing in some high-tech, government approved cyber-security before something really, really juicy leaks.