Game Of Thrones leak: The rising threat of cyber theft

"Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyberspace era is happening. What’s its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its HBO and Game of Thrones……!!!!!!” 


(from a report on Firstpost )

 
THIS is what the hackers of GOT mailed to HBO execs after hacking their data.



Reportedly, they also have access to four other HBO shows and scripts along with 1.5 terabytes of HBO’s data.



Cybercrime has become a serious threat to various industries in recent years because of their dependency on storing data online. All of the Tech giants in the world find their gold in information database and hackers always find a loophole to reach where this database is stored.


Hackers have claimed to earn $12-15 million a year just by blackmailing organisations whose security they have breached- The Guardian reported.


Game Of Thrones is already the most pirated TV Series in the world and with this hack HBO gained highest viewership of GOT when it aired originally on sunday. Of course this type of news helps in publicity and attract viewers in bulk which puts forth a question… Is this a planned strategy?



Well, I don’t think so. In November 2014, Sony pictures was hacked by a group of hackers named GOP(Guardian of peace). The group demanded Sony to drop the release of its film The Interview: a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.


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They hacked passwords, salary slips, upcoming project details of SONY pictures and threatened to spread it online if not given the ransom demanded. It cost SONY an estimated $15 million hit in “investigation and remediation costs” over the quarter to deal with the cyberattack.

In the gaming industry  a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack happens as a hack greatly affecting the user experience who depend on connectivity at all times.



It’s been reported that for one third of companies, an hour of downtime (caused by a DDoS attack for example) can cost up to $20,000. (Source: Cloudbric)


With this much money at stake no company will put put its reputation and security in the dirt for promotional purposes only.


GOT S07Ep04 'The Spoils of War' bearing a Star India watermark was released online, a few days before it was scheduled to air. Indian police have arrested four men suspected in Mumbai after an investigation into the leak. The suspects are connected to Star India, which has the rights to air the TV series in the country.