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HBO’s official Twitter account was the victim of an apparent hack Wednesday, as were the accounts of several of the cable network’s shows.
Following hot on the heels of a wider hack on the company’s network in late July, hackers had gained control of HBO’s main account and several show accounts on Wednesday night and left a message that read: “Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security – ourmine .org -> Contact.”
A later tweet read, “let’s make #HBOHacked trending!”
Affected show accounts included those for Vinyl, True Blood, Silicon Valley, Looking, Last Week Tonight, Veep and The Leftovers.
“We are investigating,” a HBO spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.
The Twitter hack comes at a time when HBO has been dealing with anonymous hackers who claim to have stolen a huge tranche of data from the company’s servers and have threatened to release it if their ransom demands are not met. The hackers behind the July 31 cyberattack, claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data including emails, show scripts and unaired episodes of hit shows Game of Thrones, Ballers and Room 104. The FBI starting investigating the hack a few days after HBO went public.
On August 7, the hackers posted online a publicly accessible link to a cache of internal documents, including a script summary of an upcoming Game of Thrones episode and a month’s worth of emails from the inbox of one of the company’s executives. Two days later, the hackers released a screenshot of an email dated July 27 allegedly showing a senior vp for the network offering them $250,000 as a “bug bounty payment.”
On August 13, the hackers leaked several unaired episodes from the ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the comedy that’s not set to return to screens until October.
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