(No spoilers ahead!)
On Friday, online publication Mashable reported that the hackers released “what they’re calling the sixth wave of leaks.”
Mashable claims that this leak happened to contain what the hackers say is the end to Season 7 of Game of Thrones. The summary Mashable received is allegedly the season-ending episode, which is set to air on HBO on Sunday.
The website claims that “the confidential plot summaries and outlines appear to provide, in exact detail, just how this season will end.”
The report continues: “Mashable has read the confidential summary, but has chosen not to publish the explicit details in this post. We’ve also reached out to HBO who declined to comment on the new data dump.”
HBO referred to its previous statement. “The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention,” the statement reads in part. “That’s a game we’re not going to participate in.”
The hackers have demanded approximately $6.5 million worth of Bitcoin from HBO.
After threatening to “Be ready for GOT S& E6 &E7 as soon as possible,” the hackers say they “have access to many HBO platforms already.”
So far, the hackers have released multiple episodes of HBO shows including Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ballers and Room 104, along with scripts of already-aired and upcoming episodes.
They’ve also leaked executive emails and released the personal phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses of Game of Thrones Season 7 cast members, among them Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Lena Headey (Cersei), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow).
Two weeks ago, the hackers released an email allegedly sent to them by HBO offering $250,000 in exchange for a halt to the leaks. The legitimacy of the email hasn’t been confirmed by HBO, though an anonymous executive at the company said it was genuine.
The hackers claim that they’re not criminals, but “white hats” (used to reference people of good and moral standing, or, in computer speak, someone who hacks into a network to evaluate its security).
In the ransom note sent to HBO, they say, “Its [sic] a game for us. Money isn’t our main purpose. We don’t want to endanger HBO’s situation nor cause it to lose its reputation. We want to be your partner in a tiny part of HBO’s huge income.”
So far the HBO leaks have been limited, falling well short of the chaos inflicted on Sony in 2014. In that attack, hackers unearthed thousands of embarrassing emails and released personal information, including salaries and social security numbers, of nearly 50,000 current and former Sony employees.
The hackers claim to have 1.5 TB worth of data, including scripts, upcoming episodes of HBO shows and movies, and information damaging to HBO.
—With files from Chris Jancelewicz