HBO CEO calls hack ‘disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing’


Posted on: July 31st, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

HBO.com(NEW YORK) — HBO CEO Richard Plepler revealed Monday that the cable network, which is home to hit shows such as “Game of Thrones,” “Insecure” and “Westworld,” has been hacked.

In an email addressed to employees, which was obtained by ABC News, Plepler described the hack as a “cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming.”

“Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us,” he wrote.

Plepler added that HBO’s “senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team” are now working to “protect our collective interests.”

“As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully,” the letter concluded.

A separate statement, obtained by ABC News, revealed even more details about the hack, including that law enforcement is currently investigating the incident.

“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” the statement began. “We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”

Entertainment Weekly reports that the hackers obtained 1.5 terabytes of data, including a script for “Game of Thrones.” The hackers, according to EW, also got their hands on an upcoming episode of “Ballers” and “Room 104,” which have been placed online.

HBO did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment on which shows were compromised.

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