While the characters on HBO’s mega-hit series Game of Thrones are gearing up for battle over the Iron Throne, there’s a completely different kind of battle going on in real life over the series. HBO has been fighting off hackers left and right who have breached the networks cyber securities and stolen scripts, episodes, email addresses and more. The hacker group has even released some of this information online.
The breach hasn’t significantly impacted the series in terms of ratings (like, it hasn’t impacted the ratings at all), however, spoilers running rampant on the internet certainly isn’t fun for those who want to wait until the series airs officially airs to find out what happens. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau spoke about the incident and how he found out about the news of the hack:
“The irony, of course, is last year was crazy,” says Coster-Waldau about what cast members had to do to receive a script. “We had to set up all these email accounts. They had to be triple and quadruple [checked]. All this stuff, right? And, of course, now they have this big hack! And then we get a call [saying] ‘They have all your information. And we’re not sure what’s going to happen’ What do you mean you don’t know what’s going to happen? ‘Well, we don’t know what’s going to happen but they have everything.’ Okay, great.”
As easy as it is to send every digital, it’s apparently just as easy for someone else to access that information. In Coster-Waldau’s mind, there’s only one surefire way to prevent this from happening in the future and that’s to go back to the old-school paper and ink method. Coster-Waldau says:
“Just give us the hard copies instead of all this email and digital stuff. I think that’s what’s going to happen in a few years’ time, because you know, you talk to cops on the street, ‘What’s the biggest crime now?’ It’s all credit card fraud. It’s all that stuff. It’s digital. So we got to go back to cash.”
So, what do you think? Do you think paper, hard copies are the only answer to prevent cyber hacking? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.