As HBO got attacked by another hacker group has broken into the company’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, when HBO is struggling to stop its popular series Game of Thrones (GoT) leaks and tackle hackers’ ransom threats.
As per reports, “Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine.org -> Contact,” message was posted on both social platforms. OurMine in the past has broken into top followed Twitter accounts including those of Netflix, Sony and Marvel.It has also hacked into Twitter handles of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Niantic head John Hanke and Evan Williams, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter.
According to these reports, in addition to taking over the main accounts at HBO, the Twitter account for Game of Thrones was also exploited.”HBO managed to scrub the offending tweets shortly after they were posted,” the report said, adding an HBO spokesperson declined comment.
In order to stop further leaks from a group of hackers, HBO reportedly offered to pay $250,000 to the hackers who stole nearly 1.5TB data, including scripts of Game of Thrones (GoT) and other employee information, from the TV network.
Earlier, the popular fantasy drama TV series GoT’s upcoming an episode 6 of the 7thseason was accidentally broadcasted in Spain on Wednesday, four days before its original scheduled telecast. As per the media reports, this episode of the season was reportedly available on-demand to subscribers by HBO Spain for one hour before it was being removed.
Similarly, in India, the unreleased Episode 4 of Game of Thrones (GoT) Season 7 scheduled to be aired for viewing in the US on August 6 and India on August 7, was leaked online from Star India.Later, people started downloading GoT Episode 4 and sharing the clip with friends on various social media platforms. Almost 10 days after the unreleased was leaked, Maharashtra Police arrested four people who were involved in the episode leak of HBO’s popular show.