FBI Joins Probe Into HBO Cyberattack; Scale of Breach May Be Many Times Larger Than Sony Hack

Aug 3, 2017  •  Post A Comment

The scale of the data breach at HBO from the recent cyberattack appears to be much larger than what was compromised in the 2014 hack that seriously damaged Sony Pictures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story reports that the “apparently coordinated” HBO hack “could expose a staggering 1.5 terabytes of data. That would be roughly seven times the size of the epic 2014 hack of Sony Pictures.”

“The attack was sophisticated, insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter, targeting specific content and data housed in different locations, suggesting multiple points of entry,” the report adds. “Even more chilling, there was no ransom demand, say sources, leaving the motive in question and raising the specter that video footage, internal documents or even email correspondence could be leaked.”

HBO is reportedly working with the FBI along with the cybersecurity firm Mandiant, which was also involved in the Sony investigation. Mandiant was also targeted by hackers around the time of the HBO hack, the report notes.

After initially leaking a few unaired episodes of HBO programs, the hackers have threatened to leak additional data this Sunday, Variety reports.

“In an automated email reply sent to Variety, the group wrote that it will ‘release the leak gradually every week,’ adding that the next release may come ‘Sunday 12 GMT,'” Variety reports. “The group also repeated its claim that it had obtained a total of 1.5 terabyte of data when it broke into HBO’s computer networks.”

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  1. The downside to the digital age.

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