HBO's feud with hackers reached a new level after a hacker group named OurMine briefly took control of the network's Facebook and Twitter accounts.
OurMine hacker group also hacked into the Game of Thrones Twitter account but offered to help HBO resolve existing security concerns.
OurMine calls itself a security group and regularly hacks into social media accounts of noted tech giants and personalities to demonstrate security vulnerabilities. So far, the group hasn't leaked anything confidential but has offered to help HBO resolve existing security concerns.
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'Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security - ourmine.org -> Contact', said the group through the official Game of Thrones Facebook account.
OurMine had infiltrated the Netflix US Twitter account last year and had asked the video streaming giant to take its help in resolving security concerns in their social media accounts.
HBO gained control of its social media accounts soon after but has not made any comments about it so far.
The hack occurred not too long after a separate hacker group stole up to 1.5TB of content from HBO's servers and leaked several scripts and episodes online. Affected shows included HBO's Ballers and Room 104 TV series, the Game of Thrones, Insecure, The Deuce, and Barry and more recently, Curb Your Enthusiasm, a comedy series whose next season will be aired in October.
'The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That’s a game we’re not going to participate in,' said HBO following the latest leak.
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While it certainly suffered because of poor security in its social media accounts, HBO was also at the receiving end of a human error which ended up leaking content that was not aired yet. Yesterday, HBO Spain inadvertently leaked the complete GOT S07E06 episode and even though HBO tried its best to delete related links on social media, a large number of people were able to access and watch the episode.
In Mumbai, four employees who were entrusted with storing and processing episodes of the Game of Thrones series for a streaming service were arrested by the Police after they leaked Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 before it was aired in India.