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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The drama with HBO and the hackers continue. For those who don’t know, HBO’s been having some real security problems as of late. Not only have they suffered with some internal leaks, but a group of hackers has infiltrated the studio, and has previously released scripts for the episodes early. The aforementioned internal leak (when HBO Spain accidentally premiered yesterday’s episode of Game of Thrones a week early) made avoiding spoilers for fans especially annoying, and if the hackers are telling the truth, fans may have a similar problem this week.

The group got in touch with the outlet Mashable, and pretty much said for them to get ready for last week’s episode and the finale to hit:

“Be ready for GOT S& E6 &E7 as soon as possible.”

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In the past, this group pressed HBO to give them $6.5 million in Bitcoin, and while HBO has offered $250,000, there seems to be no real desire for them to play this game with the hackers. When the outlet reached out to HBO, they said:

“We are not in communication with the hacker and we are 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.”

So it sounds like HBO is in danger of getting the finale to their biggest show leaked, which is quite disappointing, to say the least.  That being said, if last week was any indication, leaks and hacks seem to have very little influence on their ratings, as Game of Thrones still managed to clock in at a record high of 10.72 million viewers last week, despite the episode getting released early. While fans are very hungry to see what happens next, fans also tend to be hungry to consume media as it was intended — at their regular time and means, so as not to disrupt the water cooler aspect of the show.

With this in mind, it almost feels like that this hacker group is threatening doesn’t really matter, as their views seem to be somewhat bulletproof. If they do leak the episode, we’ll have to see if this still proves true for a finale.

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SOURCE: Mashable

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.