HBO hacked, ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes leaked

On July 31, HBO joined the list of network providers who have been hacked this year when a hacker, or hackers, released the fourth episode of “Game of Thrones” early online, with the added threat that they had more.

So how did it happen?

HBO is saying about 150TB of data has been compromised, including several episodes from different shows, one of which is the network’s running hit “Game of Thrones.” Included in the pilfered data were episode scripts. The next episode’s script has already been leaked online following the release of the actual episode, and the hacker has made a ransom demand.

HBO is unsure how exactly the attack happened and is still conducting an investigation, but this isn’t the first time it’s been the target of an attack. In 2015, the first couple of episodes of season five from Game of Thrones were leaked online before their air date.

Netflix and ABC have previously been hit, too. The most recent attack against Netflix involved its post-production company being compromised, but no one will know for sure if the same type of attack happened to HBO until after the investigation report is released. The network did say that internal email servers hadn’t been compromised. In the meantime, it doesn’t seem likely the hacker will get paid.