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HBO under attack by hackers

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Winter is here, all right — and not just for the “Game of Thrones” crowd.

The entire HBO kingdom is under attack by hackers who are chipping away at the Time Warner Inc.-owned cable and satellite television network, approaching media outlets and releasing episodes of such HBO shows as of “Ballers,” “Insecure” and “Room 104” and a script for an upcoming “GOT” episode, according to Variety magazine.

In addition, the hackers released two episodes of “Barry,” a hitman comedy starring Bill Hader that is not slated to air until 2018.

The perpetrators apparently also leaked personal information of a senior HBO executive, which was published online and contains access information to dozens of online accounts, such as paid newspaper subscriptions, online banking and personal health services. At least one of these accounts may also have given the hackers access to the executive’s work email.

IP Echelon, a security company hired by HBO, told Google Inc. that the hackers stole “thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents,” according to Variety.

A Digital Millennium Copyright Act take-down notice, which requires the search engine to take down links to the leaked files, said the hackers made off with “masses of copyrighted items including documents, images, videos and sound.”

The hackers said they were able to gain access to some of HBO’s key network infrastructure, and help themselves to a total of 1.5 terabytes of data. They have also suggested that they plan on releasing additional information in the near future.

An HBO spokesperson declined to comment on the take-down notice and the nature of any files stolen by the hackers, Variety said, “due to an ongoing investigation.”