On July 31st, HBO confirmed that they had experienced a breach that compromised some of its programming. Popular and sought-after movies and TV shows are often highly targeted by hackers. Game of Thrones’ Season 7 premiere drew in a whopping 16.1 million viewers in its first day. Without a doubt, Game of Thrones became highly targeted. This time, a script for an upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was preemptively released, along with videos from shows including, Ballers, Insecure, and Room 104.
The largest hack against a Hollywood studio, however, was against Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014. Prior to the release of the movie The Interview, Sony experienced a devastating hack which lead to leaks of multiple upcoming movies and many internal emails (from executives and producers). The movie was about a fictional attempt to assassinate North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, but once news of the Sony breach came to light, it was immediately blamed on North Korea.
So how can you reduce your chances of getting hacked? First off, vulnerability and remediation management need to become a priority. You can’t expect to maintain a secure network if your system has a lot of vulnerabilities. For more information on vulnerability and remediation management, click here. Secondly, you need a strong firewall and anti-virus. Firewalls protect your system from harmful malware entering your network, while anti-virus software protects malware from being installed. Click here for more information on firewalls and anti-viruses. Lastly, use encryption methods to protect your sensitive information. Encryption should be complex enough when only cyphers can decrypt the data. Remember, there is no fool proof way to avoid hacks, but these preventative measures will definitely make it more difficult.