With the recent HBO hack that occurred, many details of the attack have been leaked that detail confidential information regarding the HBO’s shows equaling a whopping 1.5 terabytes of data. While the HBO head has informed viewers that they were working around the clock to ensure that they were no longer under threat of more attacks, that does not help the information that has already been leaked from getting into the hands of the public.
Reaching out to Mashable, the hackers provided even more leaks straight from the confines of HBO’s most privately held social media account details. They were provided the passwords to get into each of the corporation’s main social media accounts, including the @HBO Twitter account and two other twitter accounts; @GameOfThrones and @WestworldHBO.
Despite being provided this information, Mashable has stated that they have not attempted to log into any of these accounts to prove their validity, due to the obvious legal repercussion. Along with these popular Twitter accounts, Mashable was also provided the login information for Giphy accounts and even the HBO Instagram account. All of this was provided to them through a text based document sent by the hackers who referred to themselves as the “Mr. Smith group.” They had no reason to doubt that these were the genuine login credentials of HBO, since the group had sent Mashable a similar kind of information towards the start of this cyber attack.
Communicating with the news group through email, the hackers made their claims that they had access to more than just those HBO platforms as it was. The threat that they then issued had to do with leaking the seventh season of Game of Thrones, should their demands not be met. Their demands at this time have been revealed to be a ransom of about $6.5 billion worth of bitcoin. That is to say that is the amount that they are holding HBO’s information under siege.
Quite a few images of the HBO’s website being defaced were sent to Mashable, as well. The images had pictures of the main page with the words “HB-OLD is dying” pasted across their usual banners. When the link was followed by the company, it took them to an offline page.
Reaching out to HBO for comment, Mashable received word that HBO was not interested in communicating with or playing the games of this hacker group. For the time being, it’s uncertain whether or not HBO will be willing to pay the amount requested by the hackers.