HBO just can't catch a break with these hackers. It has turned into a real nightmare scenario, with scripts, episodes and all kinds of personal information being leaked. Now comes word that the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale will be leaked early. It's not supposed to air until Sunday, August 27.
Mashable received the latest data dump from the cyber terrorists responsible for stealing a huge boatload or protected HBO documents and videos. No Game of Thrones spoilers were revealed in this latest attempt to extort money from the premium pay channel. But it definitely contained information HBO doesn't want outside sources having.
This time around, the Hackers offered up all the login credentials to nearly every single HBO social media account in existence. Included were passwords for @HBO, @GameofThrones, and @WestworldHBO, along with various Instagram and Giphy accounts. The documents in question were given to Mashable by the so-called Mr. Smith Group. But the biggest threat was when they announced this.
"Be ready for GOT S& E6 &E7 as soon as possible."
Mashable claims they didn't even try to use any of the passwords they were given, for fear of a lawsuit. But from what they've seen thus far, they have no reason to believe that any of this is false information. Via email, the hackers went onto make the bold claim that they have "access to many HBO Platforms already."
The Mr. Smith Group appears to have already defaced a number of HBO Giphy accounts. They sent out screenshots that read, 'HB-OLD is dying". This slogan was displayed across a number of the official HBO pages in question. Now, those same pages appear to be offline completely. HBO was contacted by Mashable about these dire circumstances, but they were met with an already issued statement from over the past weeks.
"We are not in communication with the hacker and we're not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released. It has been widely reported that there was a cyber incident at HBO. The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That's a game we're not going to participate in."
At this time, these hackers in question are still demanding that HBO pay $6.5 million in Bitcoin as ransom. HBO has played along somewhat, but have not paid the extortionists this large sum of money yet. Now that the Mr. Smith Group is threatening to release the Game of Thrones Season 7 finale, it could change their minds, but it's doubtful.
Game of Thrones continues this Sunday with the episode Beyond the Wall. Which, interestingly enough, was leaked by HBO themselves. It's unclear how this will all play out in the end. But it's likely that if Game of Thrones' final Season 7 episode arrives before it's intended airdate, the hackers will be left empty handed. As HBO really has no reason to pay up at that point in this game.