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Aug 9, 2017
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Embattled entertainment giant HBO is facing more problems after hackers that targeted their internal systems last week apparently leaked 3.4 gigabytes of stolen data online.

These include scripts from fantasy hit series Game of Thrones along with the personal contact details of its stars like Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, and Lena Headey, The Verge reports.

Aside from this, a month's worth of emails from a top HBO executive and confidential files were also leaked.

According to Fox News, the hackers are demanding somewhere around a $6 million ransom converted to bitcoin currency for them to stop leaking the files.

This comes after the fourth episode of Game of Thrones’ seventh season was leaked ahead of its official airing date.

HBO has yet to issue a statement on the latest leak, but a prior email from HBO chairman Richard Plepler reportedly reassured employees that their “email system as a whole” was not hacked.

The incident started on July 31 after the hacker—only identified as “Mr. Smith”—sent an email to members of the media, where he claimed to have stolen up to 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO’s systems. HBO has already tapped law enforcement and cyber security experts to help them resolve this matter.

 

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