HBO plays down threat of hacked internal documents

Thankfully, for HBO, the leak of show content appears to be mostly limited to a Game of Thronesscript outline and some episodes of Ballers, Barryand Room 104. But the cable network is still exercising vigilance over internal company documents taken in the reported 1.5-terabyte hack.

In a Wednesday email to employees, CEO Richard Plepler wrote that “we do not believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised.”

He added that a review continues, and said HBO is hiring an outside firm to help employees monitor their financial accounts.

On Tuesday, a company called IP-Echelon filed a report with Google on behalf of HBO, noting that the named website “shares thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents.” IP-Echelon Pty Ltd. regularly files such copyright-infringement notices on behalf of large media entertainment companies, including HBO.

Federal law requires internet companies like Google to remove links to sites that infringe copyright once they receive such notifications. Google routinely forward such notices to the longstanding public-interest repository Lumen, formerly known as Chilling Effects, once it has complied.

A Google spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment. An HBO spokesman declined to comment on the takedown notice. Messages left with IP-Echelon were not answered.

Previous hacks have created significant repercussions in Hollywood. Sony struggled in the aftermath of its huge hack in 2014, which leaked embarrassing employee emails as well as films, along with their personal financial data.

But earlier this year, when another hacker held stolen episodes of new Netflix shows for ransom, Netflix apparently refused to pay. When the episodes appeared online, the company merely shrugged.

Contributing: Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY

© 2017 Associated Press


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