After six long years, the first few episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm have been released. The problem: it wasn’t cable juggernaut HBO who shared them, rather the hackers who made off with over a terabyte of private data in a recent data brach.
Deadline reports that long-awaited episodes of Larry David’s incisive and very, very funny show have emerged online, six weeks ahead of its official October 1 release date.
Episodes of Ballers, Barry, The Deuce, and Insecure were also included in the leak.
However, HBO has released a statement on the shifty leak, saying the network refuses to negotiate with hackers about their demands for a ransom for the stolen data.
We are not in communication with the hacker and we’re not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released. It has been widely reported that there was a cyber incident at HBO. The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That’s a game we’re not going to participate in. Obviously, no company wants their proprietary information stolen and released on the internet. Transparency with our employees, partners, and the creative talent that works with us has been our focus throughout this incident and will remain our focus as we move forward. This incident has not deterred us from ensuring HBO continues to do what we do best.
The hackers had previously demanded HBO pay the equivalent of $9.5M in Bitcoin, or else they’d continue to share that unpublished content – and even the contact details of Game Of Thrones stars – with the general public.
That’s obviously not a game HBO seems super keen to play. If you’re the kind to obtain your entertainment through, uh, occult means, we guess this is prett-ay, prett-ay good news for you. Everyone else? Watch Curb Your Enthusiasm when it returns on the Comedy Channel on October 2.