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Hacking Group Takes Over HBO Social Media Accounts

Social Media Takeover

HBO’s cyber nightmare continues after a well-known hacking group took over several of the company's Twitter accounts late Wednesday night, the New York Times reports.

Security hackers known as OurMine posted two tweets across multiple HBO Twitter accounts, including the main handles for “Game of Thrones” and “Girls.” The group wrote “we are just testing your security” and “let’s make #HBOHacked trending!”

Though HBO took the tweets down shortly after they were posted, the hack adds insult to injury for a company plagued by cyberattacks throughout August.

So far this month, two episodes of “Game of Thrones” have been leaked before their premiere, including the one airing this coming Sunday, and a hacker called Mr. Smith is asking HBO for ransom for the stolen materials.

OurMine has taken over a number of high-profile Twitter accounts in the past, including Netflix, Google and Marvel. The group uses the publicity to advertise its security services.

sector

Entertainment

reported

August 17, 2017

reported by

The New York Times

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

Unknown

perpetrators

Hacker groups

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

2017/08/16

date breach detected

2017/08/16