A threat the White Walkers would be scared of too..
A threat that began as a warning by the hackers has gone on to become a major dilemma for HBO as after leaking the 4th episode, the accidental airing of the 6th episode occurred a few days ago.
Here is what the hacker group said in an email on Saturday, “Be ready for GOT S7, E6 & E7 as soon as possible.”
According to a report in Hindustan Times, the group, which identifies itself as Mr. Smith Group, also claimed to have access to several HBO social media accounts, including the Twitter and Instagram pages of shows like Westworld and Game of Thrones.
In an email to Mashable, the hackers said that they wanted the attention of HBO executives, who recently offered them $250,000 to buy time, as the episode found its way online without the hackers’ help.
Episode 4 of the ongoing seventh season of the hit fantasy series was leaked online by individuals associated with HBO’s Indian streaming partner, Hotstar. Four persons were later arrested. Episode 6 was accidentally aired four days before its scheduled date by HBO Spain. The episode subsequently found its way online.
The hackers are reportedly asking for approximately $6.5 million in Bitcoin (this amounts to roughly Rs. 41 crores).
Mashable reached out to HBO for a statement, and received an old reply, “We are not in communication with the hacker and we’re not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released,” it read in part. “It has been widely reported that there was a cyber incident at HBO. 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 sixth episode of Game of Thrones will air on Hotstar on Monday and Star World and Star World HD on Tuesday. Stay tuned for our review and in the meantime, you can read our coverage of the previous episodes.