HBO hacks for GOT: How safe is our data in digital world?

HBO hacks for GOT - How safe is our data in digital world

After the most recent Game Of Thrones hack confirmed by Star India, which is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, another hack has become the talk of the town now. This time it is bigger and the company attacked is also very big. It’s HBO, which went through a major cyber attack recently. This attack was first reported by Entertainment Weekly.

The largest data leak attack before this was on SONY in the year 2014. This attack included a data leak of 200 gigabytes and caused many problems to the company due to the leaked company employee and users emails and other financial documents as well.

Now, this latest cyber attack leaked 1.5 terabytes of data. That’s the highest till date in any cyber crime. The leaked data is alleged to include the scripts and other content of the TV series, Game of Thrones.

The hacker wrote an email to the different members of media and it is as shown below.

Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What’s its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its HBO and Game of Thrones……!!!!!! You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it & spread the words. Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him. HBO is falling.

HBO has also confirmed that there was a cyber attack. As of now the FBI is investigating this case along with the cyber security firm Mandiant. Also, in order to prevent these leaked files from reaching the general public HBO has taken some measures. The company has given the job of cleaning the internet search results from the leaked data to an internet security company called IP Echelon. And as a part of the job, IP Echelon has filed a DCMA take down notice to Google, which said it included “thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents” and “masses of copyright items including documents, images, videos and sound.”

Such big company like HBO with high security could not save itself from the data leak. How insecure does your data(personal accounts, social media profiles, bank details, etc) seem to you?

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