According to @GhostyTongue, a Twitter account sharing exclusive information about the alleged Nickelodeon data leak, two individuals apparently involved in the leak have reportedly faced action from law enforcement.
Nickelodeon is adored by millions across the globe but lately, rumors circulating on the internet suggest that the renowned children’s entertainment network has fallen victim to a significant data breach or leak.
According to several internet forums and tweets, approximately 500GB of data, including unreleased television shows, scripts, and other materials, have been compromised.
Reportedly, Nickelodeon’s legal team has taken swift action, aggressively pursuing Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedowns. Merely mentioning the contents of the leak has resulted in severe consequences for the individuals involved.
Allegedly, the leaked data is said to have originated from Nickelodeon’s “consumer products and experience” portal. An authentication issue within the system allowed unauthorized users to gain access to the Nickelodeon animation department’s sensitive content.
Although the leak was initially observed in January 2023 on Discord, Nickelodeon has since addressed the vulnerability and patched the portal.
On June 29th, a Twitter user with the handle @GhostyTongue disclosed details about the alleged leak in Nickelodeon’s animation department. According to @GhostyTongue, two individuals involved in the leak, known by their Discord usernames as “BowDown” and “IncidentalSeventy,” have reportedly faced action from either law enforcement or Nickelodeon itself.
Adding to the claims, @GhostyTongue stated on July 2nd that a private Discord server had recently circulated a URL to download an entirely new leak. This time, it allegedly contained the source code for all Nickelodeon Flash Games.
In a separate development, a user on 4chan claimed to possess insider information regarding the breach. The user asserted that Nickelodeon’s internal database had been compromised for over a year, potentially impacting all current productions.
According to their account, numerous private communities have been sharing portions of the leaked files, with trusted members having access to more extensive leaks containing assets such as PSDs, scripts, and animation files.
The user estimated that the breached data amounts to over 500GB and includes thousands of files from various shows, including high-profile series like SpongeBob.
It is also worth noting that the claims of 4chan user match with the list of leaked content shared by @GhostyTongue on their Twitter account:
Hackread.com has also seen a list of Nickelodeon’s animation pitch bibles that have been making rounds on the Internet. However, we will refrain from sharing screenshots or downloadable links due to legal reasons.
It is crucial to note that the authenticity of these claims and the nature of the data leak remain unverified. Furthermore, the origins of the incident are still uncertain, leaving open the question of whether it was an internal security lapse or an external cyberattack. Hackread.com has undertaken an investigation to shed light on these matters.
The Déjà vu of the HBO Breach
The recent rumors surrounding a potential data breach at Nickelodeon bring to mind the notorious HBO data breach that occurred in 2017. During that incident, hackers infiltrated HBO’s systems and leaked unreleased episodes of the popular series Game of Thrones, along with other sensitive data.
The HBO hacking saga lasted for several months, causing significant distress for the network and its viewers. It wasn’t until later that an Iranian citizen named Behzad Mesri emerged as the alleged perpetrator behind the HBO hack. Mesri was subsequently charged and indicted for his involvement in the cyberattack. To this day, he remains wanted by the FBI.
While drawing parallels between the Nickelodeon rumors and the HBO data breach is natural given the nature of the alleged incidents, it is essential to treat the current situation as a separate and distinct event. Investigations are still ongoing, and concrete evidence regarding the extent and nature of the Nickelodeon data leak is yet to be confirmed.
As more information becomes available, Hackread.com will continue to provide updates on the alleged Nickelodeon data breach, clarifying the extent of the incident and its implications for the entertainment industry giant.