HBO, the American satellite and television network, has admitted to being the victim of hackers who are alleged to have run off with yet to be broadcast material; including an as yet unaired script for its flagship series ‘Game of Thrones’.
While HBO has refused to confirm nor deny the specific content affected, rumours have been rife that the George R.R. Martin adaptation could be one of the biggest name casualties of the security lapse.
In a note to employees HBO chairman Richard Plepler wrote: “As most of you have probably heard by now, there has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming."
HBO, a division of Time Warner, is now conducting an investigation into the breach which Entertainment Weekly suggests could include 1.5 terabytes of data, fears made real by the emergence online of unaired episodes of ‘Ballers’ and ‘Room 104’ alongside a ‘script or treatment’ for next week’s Game of Thrones installment.
Game of Thrones is no stranger to theft, having seen its latest season opener pirated no less than 90m times. The big budget fantasy epic is currently in the midst of its penultimate season ahead of its final conclusion next year.