Hackers Are Threatening the Way That Hollywood Does Business

Peace and Freedom

By Gary Smith
Bloomberg

August 11, 2017, 5:00 AM EDT August 11, 2017, 4:26 PM EDT
  • Recent breaches expose weaknesses at studios’ contractors
  • From music to special effects, many have access to material
A scene from HBO’s Game of Thrones Source: HBO

Sony. Netflix. And now, HBO.

While the 2014 hacking at Sony Pictures pushed entertainment giants to take computer security more seriously, recent incidents have exposed weaknesses throughout Hollywood’s food chain. Last week, as HBO investigated a cyberattack on its own systems, an unaired episode of its hit show “Game of Thrones” appeared online following an unrelated breach at a pay-TV partner in India. In April, when 10 episodes of Netflix Inc.’s “Orange Is the New Black” leaked, the incident was traced to a contractor.

Cybercrime is a growing problem for many industries, but Hollywood is especially vulnerable because of the long chain of people who work on…

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