Game of Thrones Spoils of War breaks ratings record despite hacking attack

It is not yet known how deep into HBO's email system the hackers were able to get, since Cohen's messages are the only ones to be released so far.

The latest episode of Game of Thrones has broken viewing records despite it being leaked online.

"We successfully breached into your huge network". Instead, it was just another piece of bad luck hitting HBO this week.

HBO issued a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, saying: "HBO believed that further leaks might emerge from this cyber incident when we confirmed it last week. While it has been reported that a number of emails have been made public, the review to date has not given us a reason to believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised", a network spokesperson told Fox News.

The hackers who claim to have hacked HBO's network and stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from it are now threatening to "put an end" to the current season of Game of Thrones if the company doesn't pay up.

The video followed a file dump which included the script to an upcoming Game Of Thrones episode and a month's worth of emails from an HBO programming executive. In a video directed to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, "Mr. Smith" used white text on a black background to threaten further disclosures if HBO doesn't pay up.

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

The hackers did not publicly state their desired amount, but the redacted note reads, "Our demand is clear and non-negotiable: we want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your data".

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