Hacker Leaks ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Episodes, Other HBO Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm
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The weeks-long standoff between HBO and a hacker intent on extracting money from the Time Warner-owned cable network intensified Sunday with the leak of several episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” as well as other series.

The Larry David-fronted comedy series wasn’t scheduled to return to TV until October. But in a statement issued Sunday after the hacker’s dumping, the network did not indicate it would yield to pressure tactics.

”We are not in communication with the hacker and we’re not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released,” the network said in a statement. “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. Obviously, no company wants their proprietary information stolen and released on the internet. Transparency with our employees, partners, and the creative talent that works with us has been our focus throughout this incident and will remain our focus as we move forward. This incident has not deterred us from ensuring HBO continues to do what we do best.”

Among other series leaked by the hacker included the latest episode of HBO comedy “Insecure,” which was to have premiered tonight. Episodes of a series already airing a new season, “Ballers,” as well as new series that have yet to air a single episode, including “Barry” and “The Deuce” were also distributed.

The hacker or hacking group, which has remained anonymous, has been relentlessly stepping up the intensity of its attack. Last Thursday, a message HBO had sent the perpetrator after its initial communication with the network was leaked, detailing a $250,000 “bounty payment” offer.

Two days prior, it became evident that a previous leak in which the hacker suggested the disclosure of a contact list belonging to HBO CEO Richard Plepler was apparently manipulated. While so far the depth of the hacked material does not appear to have reached the scale of the one that devastated Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014, there have been some disclosures suggesting the hacker is in possession of some internal HBO documents.

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  1. julianpope says:

    Wll, he didn’t do a very good job leaking them, can’t find em anywhere!

  2. Nick Lento says:

    No one in their right mind who enjoys watching these shows is going to go to the trouble of digging up a script, reading it and then not watching the show.

    The enjoyment of HBO is not derived from reading scripts but from actually watching and hearing the end product. No ransom for these thieves as that will only encourage others. The industry needs to hang tough on this and not be intimidated!!!

    • At least 3 full final cut episodes of Curb have been leaked so far just like the episode of GOT from the Sunday before last. It isn’t just scripts that were leaked, it was the end product but with a watermark and in not so good quality. Arrests were made yesterday for the GOT leak. It was a former HBO employee and 3 people who work for a network that has a deal with HBO to live stream their content in India. It is very likely that these 4 are part of the group or the entire group that is responsible for the Curb leaks.

  3. Jahsh Kovitz says:

    Idiots should have just paid him.

  4. Jo says:

    Don’t mess w Larry… he’s my boy!!

  5. C says:

    I don’t understand are they leaking scripts or actual filmed shows. If it’s scripts, who cares? That’s not gonna stop people from watching the episodes.

  6. Peter says:

    when they catch these people — and they will — long, long prison sentences!

  7. Craig says:

    I thought this whole hacking thing started as a way to show how easy it is to break into computer security systems and prove that the Presidential election could have been tampered with. Did I just experience fake news, is HBO really being blackmailed, is this just a TV PR campaign of the future?

  8. Shannon D Mosher says:

    BEAUTIFULLY COMPLEX ???? and BIZARRE !? .That`s kind of like using WICKED and GOOD in the same context when smoking that Maine Green Bud . Would you agree ?.

  9. CJB says:

    Ummmmmmmm……. So what?
    Who, outside HBO executives, really cares?

  10. daniel schwartz says:

    these hackers are scum

  11. Deshawn Anderson says:

    I’m not 100% sure how this really affects HBO… I mean the episode(s) running early. The don’t rely on advertising revenue do they? Is someone cancelling their service? Were people signing on to HBO because of Curb or GoT and now won’t be cause an episode or two are “available” early? In the big scheme of things.. meh.

  12. spike says:

    oh boy, HBO, karma really is a bitch, ain’t it? You’re dirty and you brought this on yourselves.

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