HBO CEO: Cyber Attack is 'Disruptive, Unsettling'

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One positive aspect of the situation is that HBO notified employees and the public within days of finding out about the hack, whereas others waited months or even years before reporting security breaches that could have left customers vulnerable to identity theft or other problems. Partial scripts from "Game of Thrones" were also stolen.

Thus far, the data breach appears limited to HBO, according to Time Warner, and none of its other subsidiaries has been affected. In May, hackers claimed to have stolen Walt Disney Co.'s "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" and demanded ransom, though that hack turned out to be a hoax, according to Disney CEO Robert Iger. You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak.

In early May, a hacker released 10 episodes of the Netflix television show "Orange Is the New Black", following a monthslong extortion attempt directed at Larsen Studios, a postproduction company that was working on the show.


A robotized email answer message from the programmers acquired by Variety on Thursday contained a vow to bit by bit transfer more material.

An anonymous email was circulated to some media outlets that appears to be from the hacker or hackers behind the HBO cyber attack. This is generally a bad thing as HBO is home to some of the biggest shows on TV ("Game of Thrones" being just one of them), and compromised copyrighted material could at least spell trouble for the company's integrity. This is the same cyber-security firm that led the Sony hack investigation in 2014. However, that vector is usually reserved for employees with a motive.

"The longer the intrusion, the higher chance of being discovered or inadvertently losing access because of nightly patching or power state of the compromised system".

Altogether, those leaks amounted to around 300 gigabyte of data. Analytics and visibility are extremely critical to help detect exfiltration events, he said. Additionally, Data Loss Prevention (DLP) systems that use the Internet Content Adaption Protocol (ICAP) to connect to the network can help prevent unauthorized data exfiltration, said Thompson.

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