According to the latest reports, viewership records were not the only thing to get broken this week for HBO. News emerged today that the HBO Twitter and the accounts of several of its most popular show just got hacked.
This is just the latest in the series of hacks and leaks which started hitting the premium network starting with late July. At the time, a group of hackers claimed to have accessed and had its hands on over 1 Terabytes of data from the network. This included anything and everything from scripts, promotional images, and full episodes.
They also kept their word, as the fourth episode of the immensely popular Game of Thrones got posted online two days before its original air date. Now, the latest hack turned to HBO’s social media accounts, including its main account.
Game of Thrones Leaked Episodes, Some Even by Itself
On Wednesday night, the HBO main account and also those of several of its shows were accessed by OurMine.
These left a message on the HBO page which read “Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine .org -> Contact.”
It also wasn’t the only one, as a later tweet looked to “let’s make #HBOHacked trending!”
Some of the affected show accounts included Last Week Tonight, The Leftovers, Veep, Silicon Valley, True Blood, and Vinyl.
Also, news broke on the same day about the latest Game of Thrones leaked episode. This had another source than the others, as it was mistakenly posted early by HBO Spain and HBO Nordic.
Although the two were quick in taking it down, it seems they weren’t fast enough. An hour was enough for a group of users to copy the content and then distribute it online. Episode 6 of Game of Thrones is already making the rounds and remaining unsullied is a mission almost as dangerous as the one teased by the latest episode.
HBO released a statement following the appearance of the latest episode online.
According to this “The error appears to have originated with a third party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized. This is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the U.S.”
The company declined further comments of the nature of this third party vendor. Episode 6 started circulating online on the same day in which HBO announced its title.
Named Beyond the Wall, this is set to air this Sunday, August 20. An HBO PR tweet also released some promotional pics.
— HBO PR (@HBOPR) August 16, 2017
Image Credits: HBO PR