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13 August 2017, 07:32 | Anna Nguyen
HBO offers to pay $250000 ransom to Game of Thrones leakers in Bitcoin — Reports
Now a leaked email suggests that HBO offered the perpetrators a sum of $250,000 to delay the leaks.
Whether or not HBO ever meant to follow through with its $250,000 offer, the email raised questions Friday among security professionals about the importance of the data and whether HBO's reaction might encourage future attacks.
Variety, citing sources "close" to HBO, said the network was merely trying to buy time to figure out its next move, and it never had an intention of paying what the email termed as a "bounty". But rather than offering up the sum as a ransom payment, HBO refers to the money as a "bug bounty payment".
"We are willing to commit to making a bug bounty payment of $250,000 to you as soon as we can establish the necessary account and acquire Bitcoin", the HBO executive's email reportedly stated. HBO could not be reached for a comment.
HBO offered a reward of $250,000 in response to a data breach at the television group that produces "Game of Thrones", according to a report from a leaked memo.
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In what appears to be an effort to embarrass HBO, the email dated July 27 and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter indicates a negotiation going on between the network and the hackers.
"You have the advantage of having surprised us", Beyler wrote. The network said: "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week".
According to The Guardian, the hackers had demanded huge amount from HBO for not releasing further data.
"This episode of the HBO hack is turning out to be a "Game of Thorns" for HBO".
The hacker - or hackers - in question stole "thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents", in addition to leaking unaired episodes of the HBO shows "Ballers" and "Insecure", and company emails. The materials hacked also contained innumerable financial data of the company, employement agreements and marketing-startegy PDFs.
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