HBO was victim to a “cyber incident”, which has resulted in the theft of a Game of Thrones episode and other data.
On Tuesday anonymous hackers leaked HBO data to the website “winter-leaks.com” however it was inaccessible by Wednesday. The hackers claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from the network’s servers.
Jason Hart, CTO, Data Protection at Gemalto and former ethical hacker said on the incident:
“Broadcasters face a unique threat. Due to the nature of the industry, hackers have the opportunity to access data as it is transmitted between multiple data centres, and so they require solutions to help encrypt their high-value TV transmissions – without interfering with the audience’s viewing experience. These specialised solutions, such as high-speed encryption, will help ensure that broadcasters are protecting their IP in an age of increased piracy and data theft.
“HBO now joins a list of other Hollywood victims of crime such as Netflix and Sony. This incident is another reminder that broadcasters must invest in fundamental security controls and practises – encryption, key management and two-factor authentication – to control access to highly sought-after content and protect it in the event that a breach takes place.”
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