HBO and ‘Game of Thrones’ are only a latest Hollywood victims of cybercrime

The cyberattack opposite HBO and a biggest array “Game of Thrones” is a latest sign that Hollywood stays a exposed aim for online pillagers.


For cybercriminals seeking attention, there are few larger prizes than a hottest uncover on radio or a biggest film in theaters.

The hackers who took credit for aggressive HBO contend they have stolen and leaked a trove of HBO information onto a Web, including a book for an arriving partial of “Game of Thrones,” as good as video of new episodes of shows such as “Ballers,” “Insecure” and “Room 104.” And, they say, there’s some-more to come.

HBO reliable in a matter Monday that it gifted a crack that compromised some of a programming and immediately began to examine a incident, operative with law coercion and eccentric cybersecurity experts.

“The problem before us is unfortunately all too informed in a universe we now find ourselves a partial of,” HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler pronounced in a memo to employees. “I can assure we that comparison care and a unusual record team, along with outward experts, are operative turn a time to strengthen a common interests. The efforts opposite mixed departments have been zero brief of herculean.”

HBO declined to criticism serve on a investigation.

It’s misleading how hackers got entrance to HBO’s data, how many they stole or if there was a recover (cybercriminals are scandalous for exaggerating claims). Entertainment Weekly initial reported a attack.

“Hi to all mankind,” a hackers pronounced in emails to media outlets, including a Los Angeles Times. “The biggest trickle of cyber space epoch is happening. What’s a name? Oh we forget to tell. Its HBO and Game of Thrones!!!!!! You are propitious to be a initial pioneers to declare and download a leak.”

Time Warner Inc., is just a many recent party association to continue threats from cybercriminals. In May, hackers claimed to have stolen Walt Disney Co.’s “Pirates of a Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and demanded ransom, yet that penetrate incited out to be a hoax, according to Disney CEO Robert Iger.

In another vital new incident, Netflix was pounded by a hacker famous as a Dark Overlord, who uploaded episodes from a new deteriorate of “Orange Is a New Black” after a association refused to compensate a ransom.

The many harmful instance of a Hollywood cyberbreach stays a 2014 conflict on Sony Pictures Entertainment that was blamed on North Korea. That conflict came as Sony was about to recover a comedy “The Interview,” about a illusory try to murder North Korean personality Kim Jong Un. It began by crippling Sony’s mechanism systems and uploading yet-to-be expelled cinema online; it went on to display annoying emails between executives and film producers.

Hollywood has prolonged been a plant of bootleg hacking and piracy, and “Game of Thrones” is already one of a many renouned targets. According to website TorrentFreak, citing information from robbery monitoring organisation MUSO, a Season 7 premiere of “Game of Thrones” was pirated 90 million times, mostly from unapproved streaming portals.

In 2015, a first 4 episodes of “Game of Thrones” Season 5 were leaked to file-sharing sites a day before a initial one aired.

Because TV dramas such as “Game of Thrones” are finished for a open and analyzed and discussed weekly online, they are rarely fascinating for cybercriminals.

The some-more successful a media product, a some-more exposed it is, pronounced Michael Sulmeyer, cybersecurity plan executive during a Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs during Harvard University.

“HBO has finished brilliantly selling ‘Game of Thrones’ and it creates them an appealing aim for hackers,” he said.

The series, formed on a novels by George R.R. Martin, has turn a flagship module for a network that initial premiered a uncover in 2011. The premiere of a stream deteriorate drew 16.1 million viewers in a initial day, a record for a network.

Entertainment companies have an generally tough time securing information since so many companies, including special effects specialists and selling firms, are concerned in prolongation and post-production.

“Their systems are rarely dispersed,” pronounced Clifford Neuman, executive of a Center for Computer Systems Security during a University of Southern California. “There is a lot of relocating information all opposite a complement and it creates it some-more formidable to secure.”

Yet, Neuman said, a extent of information that a hackers pronounced they accessed suggests that a disadvantage was some-more executive to HBO.

“It seems a information that was distributed is flattering many opposite a board,” Neuman said.

ryan.faughnder@latimes.com

@rfaughnder

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5:45 p.m. This essay was updated with quotes from cybersecurity experts and additional context about cyberattacks on party companies.


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