The latest reports indicate that the recent HBO hack includes plot details about future Game of Thrones episodes and personal information about the show's stars. Following the premiere of season 7 of the hit original fantasy series - which most recently continued this past Sunday with the show-stopping episode titled "The Spoils of War" - the critically acclaimed program from chief showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss has continued its reign at the top of the pile of what many consider to be must see TV.
With the White Walkers edging closer to breaching The Wall and bringing chaos upon the whole of Westeros, longtime fans of Game of Thrones have a lot to be excited about regarding the epic fantasy series. And with American author George R.R. Martin taking the long road towards completing the next installment in the original cycle of novels - namely the highly anticipated The Winds of Winter - the HBO original series is the best way to experience the thrilling franchise - which has just been the target of a significant hack.
According to CBR, the HBO hackers claim to have secured 1.5 terabytes of data from the premium cable network's servers. Most critically, the hackers claim to hold 3.4 GB of proprietary data, including draft scripts of future Game of Thrones episodes, as well as phone numbers and email addresses for stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and Emilia Clarke. The hackers also claim to have stolen legal claims and technical data on HBO's internal network, as well as undisclosed information on several other HBO shows.
In an anonymous video sent by the hackers to HBO chief executive Richard Plepler, one "Mr. Smith" has demanded a multi-million dollar ransom to be paid via "our six-month salary in bitcoin," which could amount to upwards of $12 million to $15 million dollars. The hackers claim to have made similar demands of 17 other targets, with only three holdouts in terms of payment.
Despite claiming that "money isn't our main purpose," and "We don't want to endanger HBO's situation nor cause it to lose its reputation," the recent hackers have certainly introduced a tricky situation to the network that airs Game of Thrones. Thankfully, the HBO hack did not compromise quite as much information as the infamous Sony hack from 2014, as network spokesperson Jeff Cusson assured all interested parties, "We continue to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident."
Game of Thrones season 7 continues this Sunday at 9pm EST on HBO.