HBO offered $250K to hackers to buy time, leaked email says

Hackers have released spoilers for episodes of Game of Thrones and unseen episodes of other series
Hackers have released spoilers for episodes of Game of Thrones and unseen episodes of other seriesHBO
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12 August, 2017

The unnamed HBO exec told hackers that the company has "been working hard since [July 23] to review all of the material that you have made available to us".

Evidently, the payment was never made, and the hackers seem to either be looking for substantially more or to simply embarrass HBO.

Several outlets, including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and The Guardian, reported they saw a screenshot of a July 27 email sent by HBO to the group offering a $250,000 bug bounty.

Details of the HBO hack emerged last week and a script from the popular show was leaked online. The hackers, whose motto is "HBO is Falling", demanded $6 million in bitcoin, the digital currency.

Variety adds that the email also asked hackers to extend their ransom payment deadline for one week.

The leak of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones didn't do hurt the audience numbers, at least as much as some may have expected. It is likely that HBO was trying to not have anything leaked out in public. HBO declined to comment to both publications, but Variety says it was able to confirm that the email was real.

The hackers leaked the email because of the money.

The video letter uploaded on Monday claimed the hackers spend a half million dollars a year to purchase "zero-day" exploits that let them break into networks through holes not yet know to Microsoft and other software companies.

The hackers claimed they stole no less than 1.5TB of data after more than six months of probing the security of HBO's internal network and threatened to reveal more content, including more personal data. We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us.So we have one option.Wait till Sunday.


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