On Wednesday night, hackers took over several Twitter accounts belonging to HBO, including the channel’s official account, and the “Game of Thrones” account.
The hackers identified themselves as OurMine, a security hacker collective notorious for high profile attacks on celebrity internet accounts as a means of advertising their services.
“Hi, OurMine are here, we are just testing your security, HBO team please contact us to upgrade the security,” said a tweet from HBO’s official Twitter account posted before 8:00 PM.
The group later posted from the official “Game of Thrones” account urging users “let’s make #HBOHacked trending!”. The message was reportedly posted on other HBO-owned Twitter accounts as well.
OurMine has previously hacked Twitter accounts belonging to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, as well as Zuckerberg’s Pinterest account.
The attack appears unrelated from the one from a group who recently demanded a ransom from HBO in order to avoid the leak of HBO shows, and on Sunday leaked upcoming episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
The takeover of HBO’s Twitter accounts comes just hours after the 6th episode of the current “Game of Thrones” season “Death is the Enemy,” was leaked online after it was accidentally put on some of HBO’s European platforms.
TheWrap has reached out to HBO for comment.