The latest in entertainment news is a doozy. HBO, the network behind shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld, was the victim of a cyber attack over the weekend, according to reports.
After similar leaks from Sony and Netflix, HBO is keeping mum about the details, but we do have some information on the attack. Here’s what you need to know.
The long and the short of it: HBO was hacked. It appears as though cyber hackers were able to obtain episodes of various TV shows belonging to the network and created a website containing links to them.
However, TV show episodes and scripts weren’t the only material that was stolen. According to IP Echelon, a security company hired by HBO, the hackers also obtained “thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents,” reports Variety. These documents include employee names, email addresses, and other sensitive information. The hackers are now demanding that HBO pay a ransom in order prevent the release of this sensitive information. Per the Associated Press, the hackers are demanding, “our 6-month salary in bitcoin,” and noted that they earn up to $15 million per year from blackmail.