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HBO Reportely Offered $250000 to Hackers Responsible for Game of Thrones Leak

HBO Reportely Offered $250000 to Hackers Responsible for Game of Thrones Leak HBO Reportely Offered $250000 to Hackers Responsible for Game of Thrones Leak
Herman Weaver | 12 August, 2017, 04:51

The initial breach on July 31 saw hackers take 1.5TB of information supposedly including scripts, episode descriptions, and marketing material, specifically targeting Game of Thrones.

The report by Variety on Thursday said HBO offered the payment as a "bug bounty", which is offered by companies to discover vulnerabilities in their computer networks.

The latest cache of compromised documents includes a Game Of Thrones script from an upcoming episode, a month's worth of emails from an HBO executive, and even the cast's emails and phone numbers! Now, hackers who claim to have a trove of stolen information from the company are threatening to release more content from their shows unless they are paid a hefty ransom.

This is already the second data dump that came from the supposed group of hackers.

In a five-minute video sent to HBO executive Richard Plepler, Mr. Smith demanded a bitcoin payment in the next three days.

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A ransom note that was apparently sent to HBO from a hacker calling himself Mr. Smith was leaked on Monday.

The hackers reportedly said that they have sent an ultimatum to HBO President and CEO Richard Plepler and demanded "six month salary in bitcoin" - which is almost $6 million - as ransom for the stolen data. The hackers claim they have lots more, like information that could damage HBO and episodes of shows and movies that haven't been released yet.

HBO bosses have called in the FBI to investigate the security breach, while also working with police and cybersecurity experts in an attempt to prevent the release of any more information or unaired episodes. So far the HBO leaks have been limited, falling well short of the chaos inflicted on Sony in 2014, when hackers unearthed reams of embarrassing emails.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

However, Variety spoke to a source close to the investigation who suggested this could have been a way of stalling the hacker while HBO assessed the severity of the situation.

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