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This current Game of Thrones season, which also happens to be the second to last season of the show, has been an explosive one, but it has also been riddled with hacks from the very beginning. One of the most devastating hacks was perpetrated by an anonymous hacker who calls themselves Mr. Smith.
This particular hack stole over 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, and they’ve been releasing the information to the public in waves. But now the hack has reached its grand finale: they’ve leaked the end of Game of Thrones season 7.
The hacker(s) claim to have released the plot summary and outline of the end of season 7. In a previous statement, HBO refused to comment directly on the hacks, instead acknowledging that "the hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention," but finally concluding “that’s a game we’re not going to participate in."
According to Mashable, Mr. Smith also claim to have sold all of the data they stole form HBO, which they claim adds up to five terabytes instead of 1.5, to three paying customers on the dark web for half of the $6 million they originally asked for.
In an email to Mashable, the hackers seemed proud and excited by their achievements.
"By the way, we officially inform you and other hundred of reporters whom emailing us that we sold 'HBO IS FALLING's entire collection (5 TB!!!) to 3 customer in deep web and we earned half of requested ransom. We put a condition for our respected customers and they approved. We will leak many many waves of HBO's internal stuff to punish them for playing us and set an example of greedy corporation."
"Game of throne is over," the hacker(s) added in the email. "Wait for major waves!!! RIP HB-Old."