The Continuing Saga of HBO’s Game of Thrones Data Leak
Last week, we filled you in on the cyber attack launched against HBO on July 31st, 2017, where unaired episodes, photos, and scripts were stolen. Remember how we reported that HBO’s email system was thought to be safe? Well, a week later, it turns out that it was also breached!
While HBO still believes that its entire email system wasn’t compromised, some distressing material has recently appeared online. Part of the hackers’ 1.5-terabyte data breach includes the Game of Thrones‘ stars personal details, which were allegedly lifted from company emails. Consequently, it seems that this cyber attack on America’s television giant may have hit much deeper than originally thought.
Since our first article, the HBO hackers have leaked more content online, including 37,977 email addresses, internal documents, and GoT’s fourth episode, “The Spoils of War”. As the weeks ahead progress, more data leaks are certainly anticipated. We’ll give you the full update below. Read More
Turns out, you weren’t the only ones eager for Game of Thrones spoilers. Of course, we hope you didn’t launch a 1.5 terabytes attack on HBO to get them! That’s exactly what happened on July 31st, 2017, when the network giant fell victim to a large-scale cyber crime. Experts are already saying HBO’s data breach is larger than even the devastating attacks on Sony in 2014. In fact, it’s expected to have been about seven times bigger! Keep reading to learn more about the situation at HBO, including what the hackers have stolen and already leaked online. Read More
As data centers grow worldwide — in both number and physical size — over the coming years, will employment opportunities also grow? Unfortunately, the increase in data centers doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in employment opportunities. In fact, major data center operations are now hiring fewer data center engineers, instead choosing to monitor the data center through smart technology and machine learning technology.
Smart technology is able to monitor the data center’s environment, such as the cooling and heating of the room — keeping the right temperature is especially crucial during warmer months, in order to keep maintenance costs down — in addition to monitoring the data center’s power, which is more of an issue during warmer months when power outages are likelier. While smart technology can sense many issues in the environment, it still can’t catch all issues, nor can it analyze the data that it collects. That’s where machine learning technology comes in by combining with Internet of Things devices in order to analyze video and sounds to help prevent data center issues. Read More
Ever dreamed of going to school for data center engineering? If you apply by August 31st, 2017, you could be one of the world’s first students to join such a Bachelor’s program. Offered by the Institute of Technology in Sligo, Ireland, this two-year university degree is the first of its kind. It was created to help data centers find talented candidates, who are fresh out of school but already armed with the necessary skills and on-the-job training. The Institute of Technology says they created the program after eighteen months of consultations with world-class companies, including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. Chances are, this B.Eng degree should come in handy to those lucky participants. Read More
Over the last few years, conflicting reports have been released on whether data breaches affect the stock value of companies. The question at the center of this debate remains: “If my American business suffers a cyberattack, will its value plummet on Wall Street?” The Harvard Business Review issued a staunch “no” back in 2015, but new findings made by Comparitech are showing that there’s more to the story. Comparitech discovered that stock prices are lowered, both after the initial public reveal and throughout the years to come. Read More
If the recent photo leaks of Hollywood celebrities have taught us anything, it’s that cloud systems aren’t secure places for storing data. Indeed, don’t think for a second that A-listers are the only Americans being impacted by these cyber crimes. Many people store personal, confidential data in their clouds, which makes them a tempting target. Hackers could easily gain access to your online storage too if you don’t take the proper safety precautions. While there isn’t a way to guarantee that your data are totally secure, we’ll tell you the best methods to help safeguard your cloud. Read More
When it comes to the topic of big data, many people still view its collection as invading their privacy. Throughout recent years, the US government has come under fire for acquiring an increasing amount of data about its citizens. Back in 2000, studies showed that information collection was rising at record paces. Indeed, ever since 2013, the acquisition of big data is anticipated to double with each new year.
Why do governments need this quantity of information? Within the American public, there appear to be widespread misconceptions about big data. As a term, “big data” simply refers to complex data sets, which can’t be analyzed by traditional processing means. Once reviewed, this immense amount of data is meant to fully reveal patterns, trends, and connections, specifically in relation to people and their societal interactions. Overall, the US government gathers this data to keep its citizens safe, rather than snooping into their personal lives. We’ve listed several examples below for your consideration. Read More
On June 23, 2017, a judge was expected to make a final ruling on Apple’s plans to build a data center in Athenry, Ireland. Instead, the Irish Courts Service cited a “shortage of High Court Judges, practitioners and parties,” and pushed the court date back to July 30, when presumably someone will be available to preside. If the June 23 ruling had happened, it would’ve been the official verdict in a tug-of-war between Apple and Irish citizens that started two years ago.
Apple first proposed the Athenry data center back in February 2015, but a series of obstacles have halted the project. Essentially, the building plans are gridlocked by a small band of Irish locals. This standoff is resulting in a true battle of wills, where neither side plans on budging. However, with such mounting tensions, many outsiders wonder why Apple hasn’t already taken its business elsewhere. Keep reading to discover why the powerful company’s plans are being foiled. Read More
This year, Washington State University learned a hard lesson in Data Security 101. It was recently revealed that the university discovered a significant breach on April 21st, 2017. But WSU kept quiet about the crime until June 9th, when they began mailing out letters to the affected parties. Turns out, over a million individuals had their personal information stolen!
So, why did WSU stay tight-lipped for 7 weeks? The college’s rationale behind the delay was that they needed time to consult local authorities and launch an internal investigation. Keep reading to discover which details were finally revealed by WSU’s president, Kirk H. Schulz. Read More
Back on May 26, 2017, a huge power surge occurred at British Airways data center near London’s Heathrow Airport. It resulted in a center-wide outage that grounded 479 airplanes and stranded over 75,000 passengers who were hoping to fly to cities around the world. Over the next two days, 193 more flights were canceled as the airline scrambled to return its operations to normal. Overall, this 3-day disruption caused a 1.8% drop in British Airways passenger traffic.