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In a world with an abundance of content and information, HBO has, once again, found itself as a victim of a major leak, as hackers have revealed that they have the entire plot to the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones, and, yeah, they aren't afraid to release it.
This is all according to Mashable, who received an email from the anonymous hackers on Friday morning, with the website stating this about the contents of the email:
The so-called Mr. Smith hacking group that's responsible for stealing approximately 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO just released what they're calling the sixth wave of leaks — and it just so happens this data dump contains what they claim is the end to Season 7 of Game of Thrones.
The confidential plot summaries and outlines appear to provide, in exact detail, just how this season will end. Mashable has read the confidential summary, but has chosen not to publish the explicit details in this post. We've also reached out to HBO who declined to comment on the new data dump.
Good on Mashable for not being the ones to give these hackers their due attention — outside of an article about said hacking — and refusing to hunt for pageviews by posting the details that the hackers claim they have.
The hackers, who are demanding $6.5 million worth of Bitcoin from HBO, are hoping that the network is willing to at least negotiate, but, in a statement from HBO following the news of the leak, that seems highly unlikely, per an official statement, via Mashable:
"The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention," the statement reads in part. "That’s a game we’re not going to participate in."
To further garner attention and, presumably, keep the pressure on HBO to pay its ransom, the hackers also alleged to Mashable that they have "sold 'HBO IS FALLING's entire collection (5 TB!!!) to 3 customer in deep web" — HBO IS FALLING is the name of the ongoing hack — telling Mashable that the sale has, "earned half of requested ransom," according to the Mashable email.
"By the way, we officially inform you and other hundred of reporters whom emailing us that we sold 'HBO IS FALLING's entire collection (5 TB!!!) to 3 customer in deep web and we earned half of requested ransom," the hackers told Mashable via email. "We put a condition for our respected customers and they approved. We will leak many many waves of HBO's internal stuff to punish them for playing us and set an example of greedy corporation."
The apparent motive for the hackers is to bring HBO down for good, referring to the company as "HB-Old" in their Mashable email.
Something tells us the hackers won't see a dime of what they're requesting, but, then again, who knows the severity of their threats and what damage it might, ultimately, do to HBO and its services.
You can read more info about the hack over at Mashable.