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Hollywood's blockbuster problem with hackersHBO isn't the first Hollywood studio to get hit by hackers, and they won't be the last, cybersecurity researchers said.
So, Hollywood has a blockbuster problem with it's cyber security. Last week hackers leaked the script from Game of Thrones episode four, and they also showed off some internal documents that they had stolen from executives at HBO. Then the hackers demanded a $6,000,000 ransom, claiming that 1.5 terabytes of data more than they could leak. HBO hasn't paid. HBO is far from the first media company to get hit by hackers holding your favorite shows for ransom. Just ask Netflix. A hacker named The Dark Overlord leaked most of the new season of Orange is the New Black after Netflix decided not to pay the ransom. I spoke with cybersecurity researchers to find out Hollywood's problem with hackers, including Nathaniel Gleicher. He was the White House Director of cybersecurity policy When Sony got hacked by North Korea over the interview. A major reason why it's so easy to hack Hollywood studios is because of all the people involved. Think about all the names that you see during the credits at the end of a movie or a TV show. Each one of those is another target for hackers to hit. In Netflix's case, it was an audio engineering studio that was their weak link. We still don't know how HBO got hit. An interesting note from my reporting that really didn't make it in was how much these hacks actually damaged studios. Several people lost their jobs from Sony's hack but those were because of internal emails. In HBO's case, that episode script that got leaked, it ended up being the most watched Game of Thrones episode ever. It looks like it'll take more than just spoilers to get HBO to pay up.