HBO ‘to stop playing games’ as hackers release more episodes

San Francisco : After being blackmailed for weeks, US-based television network HBO has now vowed to stop playing games with the cyber bullies, who late on Sunday leaked the yet-to-air episodes of five shows which do not include material related to marquee series Game of Thrones (GoT).

According to a report in New York Post, hackers leaked online the episodes of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Ballers’ and ‘Insecure’ as well as some from the yet-to-debut shows ‘Barry’ and ‘The Deuce’.

On the latest dump, the TV network said that they were not in communication with the hackers and were “not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released”.

“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 network was quoted as saying.

“Obviously, no company wants their proprietary information stolen and released on the internet,” HBO added. “Transparency with our employees, partners and the creative talent that works with us has been our focus throughout this incident and will remain our focus as we move forward. This incident has not deterred us from ensuring HBO continues to do what we do best,” it said.

On Friday, in a bid to contain further leaks from a group of hackers, HBO reportedly offered to pay $250,000 to those who stole nearly 1.5TB data, including scripts of ‘Game of Thrones’ and other employee information, from the TV network.

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