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HBO confirms massive hack—Watch out for Game of Thrones spoilers!

by Brandon Russell | July 31, 2017July 31, 2017 2:30 pm PDT

You might want to stay off the internet over the next few days if you’re a Game of Thrones fan.

HBO on Monday confirmed it experienced a major cyber attack, which saw the hackers obtain upcoming episodes for Ballers and Room 104, along with written content that could spoil future episodes of Game of Thrones.

Now into its seventh season, the stakes for Game of Thrones are higher than they’ve ever been. And because the show no longer follows George R.R. Martin’s books, avoiding spoilers has become paramount to longtime viewers of the show.

With material now out there, it’s possible some monumental plot points will find their way online long before episodes are aired.

“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” HBO said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms.”

Hackers are reportedly in possession of 1.5TB of data from HBO, which means some real damage could be done, not just in leaking data for its shows, but leaking personal information about HBO employees. For now, it appears the hackers are slowly leaking information out.

“HBO is falling,” the hackers ominously said in an email to press.

These type of hacks have become increasingly common over the past few years. Following a massive Sony hack in 2014, hackers released season 5 of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black before its premiere date over the summer.

The return of Game of Thrones saw incredible viewership numbers, so any potential spoilers leaking out is bad news for everyone. We’ll update this story as more details become available.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...