If you've been reading the news lately, you've likely noticed the ongoing stream of reports about the various HBO cyber-breaches. And, if you're anything like us, it's starting to get a little confusing. We set our analysts out to find out what's actually going on.
The timeline below is a summary of everything leading up to (and currently happening) with HBO's hacker woes.
The source of the leak appears to be HBO itself. As TorrentFreak points out, the episode was available to view a day early on HBO Nordic, available in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. (Source)
Ourmine hacks Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts
Ourmine.org hacks YouTube affecting over 300 of the biggest channels partnered with YouTube network “Omnia Media”
Ourmine Hacking Group targets Studio71 CEO & gains access to hundreds of Youtube accounts. (Source)
winter-leak.com domain established, established at 126.96.36.199 (San Francisco, CA). Since changed to 188.8.131.52 (Dublin, Ireland) which is not accepting ping or http requests.
Hackers breech HBO collecting a reportedly 1.5TB of data (GoT scripts, full episodes of Ballers, Barry, Room 104 , and Insecure, in addition to company webmails and financial records)
HBO apparently responds to the initial video letter that was sent informing the Time Warner-owned company of the massive data breach. Message features the network’s offer to make a “bounty payment” of $250,000 as part of a program in which “white hat IT professionals” are rewarded for “bringing these types of things to our attention.” - HBO requests one week to get BTC account together and transfer payment. (Source)
Mandiant Cybersecurity, investigating the network breach with FBI on behalf of HBO reports that one of their analyst's social media accounts (Adi Peretz) was attacked. An anonymous message posted online claimed that the analyst's passwords, billing address, Amazon account and LinkedIn profile had been compromised (#LeakTheAnalyst). Hackers also claimed to have accessed Mandiant's internal systems, but provided no evidence. A group calling itself "31337" dumped Mandiant’s company information including details on Mandiant's network topology, licenses, and business contracts, as well as the victimized researcher's emails and account credentials. (Source)
Game of Thrones script for “Spoils of War” leaks after HBO hack - dubbed WinterLeak (winter-leak.com) Reference to firstname.lastname@example.org
Reddit user going by the handle of zmax87 has leaked Episode number 4 from Game of Thrones’s season 7 on Google Drive and vid.me, a video streaming website. (StarIndia leak related)
An unreleased episode of Game of Thrones has been published online ahead of its TV debut on Sunday by distribution partner, Star India. Leaked online in a low-quality format — thanks to Google Drive postings in a Reddit thread, included “for internal viewing only” watermark attached.
Second Wave of Leaks from HBO breech released including more scripts of GoT and legal documents, budgets and phone numbers and email addresses of top HBO executives and actors. (Source)
HBO suggests hack is not as extensive - and that hackers manipulated the data file “Richard Contact list.txt” is just internal email addresses and not representative of his actual email address book. (Source)
Episodes of HBO's Curb Your Ethusiasm fall season 9 appears online
Email from Hackers suggest 3rd wave of HBO releases are coming with links to episodes of "Arliss," "Ballers," "Barry," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Felipe," "Insecure," "Latino," "Room 104" and "The Deuce."
HBO Spain accidentally airs GoT S7, E6 five days prior to its official premiere.
Indian police arrest four in conjunction with Star India release of S7,E4. According to police, three of the accused work for Prime Focus Technologies, a Mumbai-based company that processes the series for Indian streaming website Hotstar. The fourth is a former employee. (Source)
Ourmine Hacking Group breeches HBO's social media accounts, offering assistance with their data & network security
Mr. Smith related hackers release 4th Wave of HBO data including Westworld shooting schedules and GoT S7 shooting diaries.
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