Entertainment Weekly reported on Monday that
hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data and leaked online a script
or treatment for an upcoming episode of the network's popular
series "Game of Thrones," along with yet-to-be-broadcast
episodes of the series "Ballers" and "Room 104."
The hack comes at a sensitive time for HBO, as its parent Time
Warner Inc is waiting for regulatory approval to sell itself to
AT&T Inc in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October.
An HBO spokesman declined to discuss details of the hack.
Chairman Richard Plepler told employees in a Monday email seen
by Reuters that the hackers had stolen "proprietary
information," including some programming.
In his note on Wednesday, he said that some employees had
expressed concern about the email system.
"At this time, we do not believe that our email system as a
whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing,"
Plepler's note said that HBO would hire an outside firm to
provide credit monitoring for employees, but did not explain
(Reporting By Jessica Toonkel; Additional reporting by Anjali
Athavaley and Lisa Richwine; Writing by Jim Finkle; Editing by
Sandra Maler and Phil Berlowitz)
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