Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Game of Thrones stars' personal details leaked as HBO hackers demand ransom

Game of Thrones stars' personal details leaked as HBO hackers demand ransom

"At this time, we do not believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing".

The fallout of the HBO hack continued on Tuesday as the hackers involved have reportedly released personal phone numbers and even email addresses of multiple Game of Thrones cast members, including Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister). According to reports, some files have been stolen from HBO and posted online.The hackers were demanding a Bitcoin ransom to prevent further release.

Recently, the episode four (The Spoils of War) of Game of Thrones was leaked from one of HBO's worldwide network partners, Star India, which received episodes before they are aired on TV. "Leakage will be your worst nightmare". The leak apparently had seventh season's fifth episode plot details alongside "castings, script summaries and marketing materials" for the popular fantasy drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "So make a wise decision!", the letter added.

In that attack, hackers unearthed thousands of embarrassing emails and released personal information, including salaries and social security numbers, of almost 50,000 current and former Sony employees.

The message was authored by someone identified only as "Mr. Smith".

In addition to the ransom letter and internal documents, the hackers' dump includes a unusual video summary of next week's Game of Thrones episode, with stills from the show adjoining a plot summary.

In a statement released to Wired, HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson said that the network continues to investigate the data breach.

"We continue to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident".

Despite their demands, the hackers insist it's all a game, and that "money isn't our main goal". Now hackers are confirming what data they have and their latest demand will surely give HBO people a nightmare. "We want to be your partner in a tiny part of HBO's huge income".

HBO suffered a colossal hack earlier this month, with 1.5 terabytes of data purportedly stolen from the USA company.

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