After a series of hacks and leaks have rocked HBO and its show Game of Thrones, one of the series' stars is speaking out on how he thinks the network should respond.
In an interview Thursday with the EW Morning Live radio show, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister on the show, said he thinks the pay cabler should employ an old-school approach to protect future content.
"I think they’re basically going to go back to hand-delivering and just giving us scripts,” he said. “Just give us the hard copies instead of all this email and digital stuff. I think that’s what’s going to happen in a few years’ time, because you know, you talk to cops on the street, ‘What’s the biggest crime now?’ It’s all credit card fraud. It’s all that stuff. It’s digital. So we got to go back to cash.”
Coster-Waldau also said the hacks are ironic, because due to the popularity of the series, in order to protect the scripts he said the actors had to set up several email accounts in order to receive them: "They had to be triple and quadruple [checked]. All this stuff, right? And, of course, now they have this big hack!”
HBO has been dealing with anonymous hackers who claim to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data — including emails, show scripts and unaired episodes of hit series such as Game of Thrones, Ballers and Room 104 — from the company's servers and have threatened to release it if their ransom demands are not met. So far, two episodes of Thrones have leaked, in addition to episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm's upcoming season, as well as script summaries of Thrones and one executive's emails.
The network's social media accounts were also hacked late Wednesday by hacking group OurMine.