Security issues on HBO seem to be a never-ending saga. Recently, several social media accounts of the media and broadcasting brand were hacked. This comes following the hacks on scripts of “Game of Thrones.”
A group named OurMine has taken responsibility for the hack of the Twitter account of HBO (@hbonow). The group also hacked into the Facebook page of “Game of Thrones” and ran a post with hashtag #HBOhacked.
OurMine has been in the news lately for hacking social media accounts of some high-profile individuals, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
In one of the posts by OurMine, the group asked HBO to contact them. The posts were subsequently deleted once HBO regained full control over their accounts, but not before users across the globe grabbed screenshots of the hack and posted them on their respective Twitter accounts.
The hackers demanded ransom worth six months of their salary, claiming they earned up to $12 million to $15 million by stealing intellectual property of various companies and individuals and blackmailing organizations. Sources have indicated that HBO has offered around $250,000 as a “bounty payment” to the hackers, but nothing has been substantiated so far and this could possibly be a delay tactic.
No one from HBO commented on the hack.