HBO Hacked: More Than Just Spoilers

We’re sure that most have seen the news about the latest known media hack. Here is one of many stories on the subject:

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/jul/31/hbo-hack-game-of-thrones-leak

Some readers may be excited by this hack – spoilers are a big deal in some circles, and some really dislike HBO. However, before you get to excited, please consider this: A hack is almost never just about content.

Consider this quote from the article:

Reporters received an anonymous email on Sunday from the hackers that read: “Hi to all mankind. The greatest leak of cyber space era is happening. What’s its name? Oh I forget to tell. Its HBO and Game of Thrones……!!!!!! You are lucky to be the first pioneers to witness and download the leak. Enjoy it & spread the words. Whoever spreads well, we will have an interview with him. HBO is falling.”

HBO is falling. Personal feelings on HBO aside, when hackers set out to destroy a company, for whatever reason, it’s bad for all.

Remember the Sony hack? That lead to many people losing personal data. It lead to job loss, revenue loss, and a ton of issues. And those issues weren’t only felt by the C-Suite. Regular people were affected.

Why try to stay secure? Lots of reasons. But one big one: Security breaches affect lives. It will be interesting to see how this latest media hack plays out.
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