Hacker posts ‘Game of Thrones’ files, other stolen HBO docs

FILE - In this March 18, 2013, file photo, author George R.R. Martin arrives at the premiere for the third season of the HBO television series "Game of Thrones" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. In a Jan 2, 2016, blog entry, Martin acknowledges he missed the Dec. 31 deadline for the latest book in the "Game of Thrones" fantasy series, titled “The Winds of Winter,” and the finished novel is still months away. “Game of Thrones,” the HBO television season based on the novel will start airing in April 2016, while he’s still writing. (Photo by Matt Sayles /Invision/AP, File)


NEW YORK (AP) — An individual using the name “Mr. Smith” posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files, including some apparently related to the show “Game of Thrones,” online Monday, part of what the purported hacker has claimed is a much larger trove of stolen HBO material.

The dump includes scripts from five “Game of Thrones” episodes, including one upcoming episode, and a month’s worth of email from the account of an HBO programming executive.

HBO, which previously acknowledged the theft of “proprietary information,” says it’s continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts.

This is the second data dump from the purported hacker. So far the HBO leaks have been limited, falling well short of the chaos inflicted on Sony in 2014, when hackers unearthed reams of embarrassing emails.

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