They threatened to do it, and they have.
The hackers, who have named themselves the Mr Smith group, stole 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO and have released what they are calling ‘the sixth wave of leaks’ to Mashable – only in this ‘wave’ there is the series finale to season seven of Game of Thrones.
The confidential plot summaries and outlines appear to provide, in detail, just how the season will end.
Earlier this week, in an email, the group stated: “If history repeats itself, HBO may NEVER be the same again. Winter Really is here.”
HBO, in a previous statement to Mashable, said: “The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention.
“That’s a game we’re not going to participate in.”
The hackers told HBO that their ransom to stop the leaks was $6.5m of bitcoins, which, for the large part, HBO denied negotiating with them.
HBO said: “We are not in communication with the hacker and we’re not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released.”
In an emailed statement, the hackers told Mashable: “We know exactly what HBO and shoemakers around are doing now.
“Unlike HBO, we never getting surprised. Pattern analysis of HBO’s silly hidden acts are as we expected. We eagerly waiting for Fireye’s report… tell them to hurry up.”
‘Fireye’ is likely to be FireEye Inc – a cybersecurity company.
The hackers also claim to have sold the entire collection of HBO data to three customers on the dark web – earning half the requested ransom in doing so.
“We sold ‘HBO IS FALLING’s entire collection (5 TB!!!) to 3 customer in deep web and we earned half of requested ransom,” they added.
“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 hacking group previously stole the script for an upcoming episode earlier in August. It was a move that HBO boss, Richard Plepler, called ‘disruptive, unsettling and disturbing’.