HBO Refuse to Play Ball with Hackers

August 15, 2017 - 6:15am

Hackers are leaking episodes of popular unaired HBO shows, yet the network is refusing to comment or engage.

The hackers first released content from season 7 of Game of Thrones last month, and then on Sunday, they leaked several episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecureand Ballers, among others, according to The Associated Press.

  • In a statement, HBO said that it was "not in communication with the hacker, and we're not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released."
  • The thieves have been asking for a multi-million dollar ransom, but HBO appears to be digging in its heels.
  • The network said: "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."
  • The hackers have allegedly stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, seven times what was taken in the devastating Sony hack of 2014.
  • This is not an ideal time for a hack (if there ever is one). HBO's parent company Time Warner is currently awaiting regulatory approval on a $85.4 billion deal to sell itself to AT&T.
  • Industry observers say this leak may end up threatening the deal or reducing the amount Time Warner can sell itself for.