Hackers claim to leak script for HBO 'Game of Thrones' episode

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Further new details, published by Variety, indicate the hack could have gone much deeper than originally thought, and that information regarding a top HBO executive could have been be exposed.

CEO Richard Plepler has that said some of the stolen material included some of HBO's programming, though he has not identified which programming.

Plepler said HBO was hiring an outside firm to provide credit monitoring to employees whose personal data may have been accessed.

By comparison, however, the Sony hack looks nearly quaint compared to what HBO is potentially up against. The entertainment company took a blow this past week when mysterious hackers pilfered a huge amount of data, Entertainment Weekly reports.

With the Federal Bureau of Investigation said to be investigating the hack, and Mandiant, the cybersecurity consulting division of FireEye Inc. hired by HBO to undertake forensic analysis, what we know so far may be the tip of the iceberg.

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The true effects of the HBO hack remain to be seen, as the television network and authorities try to figure out what has been stolen. On July 29, the company alerted its more than 2,500 employees of hack and advised them not to open any suspicious emails.

This recent incident isn't the first time Thrones has been hit by leaks.

As the 2014 Sony breach showed, the stakes for properly securing access to corporate resources and handling security incidents for media companies couldn't be higher.

HBO insiders are anxious the hackers got access to emails, financial documents, or employees' or customers' personal information, THR reported.

"Though links to a pair of Game of Thrones episodes have cropped up, the stolen data mainly consisted of company documents, including employee emails, personnel records and scripts of a few unaired HBO shows", he told TechNewsworld. The streaming video giant in May rebuffed the demands of hackers who threatened to release new episodes of "Orange Is the New Black" unless they were paid a ransom.

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