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Hackers hold HBO to ransom with leaked e-mails and episode descriptions

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Hackers hold HBO to ransom with leaked e-mails and episode descriptions

Game of Thrones is without doubt, one of the biggest shows on the planet, and as such it is no surprise that it is one of the most pirated as well. Now we know that there have been quite a few episode leaks before, the biggest one being the one where four Season 5 episodes were leaked before the Season kicked off. However, as you all might have heard by now, HBO is now facing a much bigger leak. Last week we heard about a massive leak that HBO has been subject to, and one which apparently took over 1.5 TB of data. In a new update about the same leak, the hackers are now threatening HBO saying they will release the e-mails of an executive that they managed to get their hands onto, and the detailed descriptions of future episodes of Game of Thrones Season 7. Read on!

A new report by The Hollywood Reporter says that they got an e-mail from the hackers recently, which gave them a publicly accessible link with some files from the leak, with names like “Confidential” and “Script GOT7.” They have apparently also sent a video letter to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, which rolls out as a scroll, with ‘ominous’ music at the back, demanding money. They claim that they have made millions of dollars, and that HBO is their 17th target, only three out of which, have not paid them off.

THR didn’t reveal the exact information from the leak e-mail, but they say that it has “marketing spreadsheets and media plans for the hit series.” Now, even though this leak may show some e-mails to be leaked, but there is no evidence to back the claim of these hackers about how big the leak is. The folder labeled confidential apparently carried screenshot of files showing casting, script summaries, and marketing information, and includes a full summary of the next episode of the show.

An HBO spokesperson talked to THR, giving an official statement that reads as below :

“HBO believed that further leaks might emerge from this cyber incident when we confirmed it last week. As we said, the forensic review is ongoing. 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 e-mail system as a whole has been compromised.

We continue to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident. Meanwhile, our dedicated employees continue to focus on delivering the high quality of entertainment and service for which we are known.”

Watch the ransom video that the hackers sent to HBO below:

What do you think of this leak? Should HBO just give in and prevent further leaks, or should they try to fight it? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones fans react to Jon Snow and Ghost’s reunion in the series finale

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Game of Thrones pulled off a sneaky on us. In the fourth episode Season 8, we saw Jon Snow leave Ghost without petting him. In the series finale, Season 8 episode 6, “The Iron Throne“, we saw Jon reunite with Ghost, and the fans loved it. Read on!

Jon had earlier sent Ghost with Tormund to the real North, while he was leaving Winterfell, and he didn’t even pet him. This had upset a lot of fans. However in the series finale, we saw Ghost waiting for Jon at the Wall, and they reunite, resulting in our good boy getting a long pet. The fans took to Twitter to appreciate this:

How did you react to Jon reuniting with Ghost and finally petting him? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones Finale sees Arya Stark finally embracing her old dream

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Game of Thrones series Finale gave each character their dues, some satisfactory and some not so much. But the Stark kids seem to be doing pretty well! Just as Sansa got her childhood wish, Arya Stark too took her first steps in a direction she always wanted to go.

This post contains spoilers, so stop reading if you haven’t seen the finale yet (but seriously, what are you doing? Hurry up!).

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“What’s West of Westeros?” Arya Stark had asked out back in Season 6. She was talking to Lady Crane, an actress who helped her with a stab wound and let Arya stay at her place. That’s what she really wants, to go off exploring beyond where the maps stop.

She couldn’t then. Arya came back home, avenged her family’s death, saved humanity from the undead invasion and survived the carnage at King’s Landing. All her duties done, and Winter already receding, Arya now goes back to her old dream of becoming an explorer. In the last scenes of Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale, we see Arya sailing on a ship, journeying to the “west of Westeros”.

Arya had always been an anomaly in the rigid society of Westeros. She was expected to marry a lord and bear his children. But Arya never saw herself in that role. That’s why she rejected Gendry’s proposal in episode 4, even though she clearly had affection for him. She knew that marriage, even to someone she loves, will bind her in society’s expectations. Arya rejected that with all her heart.

Game of Thrones may not be as kind to everyone, but I’m glad at least Arya got her happy ending!






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In Game of Thrones Series Finale, a new era dawns on the Small Council

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By the end of the Game of Thrones Series Finale, Westeros is not as it was before. Some changes are big and are immediately visible, like the fate of the Starks and the Targaryens. But some changes are subtle, yet far more impactful in the long run. One such detail is the all-new Small Council of King’s Landing that is formed after the Last War.

This post contains massive spoilers, so be warned!

In an unexpected twist, Brandon Stark was chosen as the King of the Six Kingdoms (North chose to remain out). And as tradition demands, a small council was formed to aid him in the ruling. As Bran’s chosen Hand, Tyrion Lannister presides over the existent Small Council, whose main work is filling up the vacant posts right now. But the people who get precedence in joining the Small Council is quite interesting.

Here are all of them: Ser Davos Seaworth as Master of Ships, Ser Bronn of Blackwater as Master of Coin, Samwell Tarly as Grand Maester, and Brienne of Tarth as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. Now let’s have a closer look.

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Davos and Bronn are lowborn – one was a smuggler and another a mercenary. Sam is a Black Brother whose rights to hold power positions were forfeited. The Kingsguards are all knights and women cannot be knights in Westeros. Brienne would have been barred out of this position by her gender alone – and yet here she is.

In the deeply feudal society of Westeros, the four principle advisers to the King are people who have no birthright to be there, yet all of them have gone through enough experience to earn their place (Although Bronn’s position seems to be a trade-off regarding his ‘service’ of the Lannister brothers). That’s a quiet revolution going on right there.

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With the Iron Throne gone and the hereditary kingship system broken (Bran cannot father children and his successor will have to be chosen), the Small Council’s power and prominence grow tenfold. Democracy or not,  interesting times ahead for Westeros!






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