A new attack on HBO

You’d think after the multitude of examples of cyberattacks on titans of the entertainment industry – most notably the gargantuan Sony hack in October 2014 – that companies in that sector would be rushing to adequately protect their online assets.

Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Not long after the most recent season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black was stolen by hackers, cable TV powerhouse HBO suffered a cyberattack:

…upcoming episodes of a couple series and at least one alleged script or treatment have been put online by hackers who breached the company’s systems — with more threatened to be coming soon.

“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” the network confirmed in a statement. “We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”

Hackers claimed to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of data from the company. So far, an upcoming episode of Ballers and Room 104 have apparently been put online. There is also written material that’s allegedly from next week’s fourth episode of Game of Thrones. More is promised to be “coming soon.”

Many hacks occur when third-parties, who have crucial proprietary information and files, are attacked by cybercriminals. That was the case with Netflix: hackers were able to steal Orange is the New Black by gaining access to the network of Larson Studios, an audio post-production company. It wasn’t Netflix that was attacked, but rather a vendor to the company. In some cases, the hackers gain access to corporate secrets through spear phishing schemes, in which any and all employees can unknowingly become the gateways to their company’s most sensitive information due to poor email practices.

Anyone acting as a third-party supplier to major companies is at great risk and must take steps to protect their assets. If they fail to do this, they risk losing the confidence of their clients. These types of attacks aren’t going away anytime soon. In fact, they will get more common.

Services like Evizone help to ensure that proprietary information is protected with the strongest cybersecurity technology available on the market.

Don’t wait until it is too late to act!