In its ransom letter, the group claimed that it took six months to breach HBO's security and demanded "our six-month salary in bitcoin", the AP reported, adding that the group claimed to have earned between $12 million and $15 million each year by stealing information and then blackmailing companies. This also raises questions about some of the hackers' other claims, and their interactions with the media. Those documents include data like HBO CEO Richard Plepler's email contact list (with almost 40,000 entries) and a cast list for Game of Thrones that includes actor phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses.
The hackers also revealed the cast list for "Game of Thrones", which includes the actors' telephone numbers and email addresses.
Recently, the episode four (The Spoils of War) of Game of Thrones was leaked from one of HBO's global network partners, Star India, which received episodes before they are aired on TV.
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In the recent leak, they posted company's several internal documents, including emails, employment agreements, financial balance sheets, and more.
The dump itself was just 3.4 gigabytes mostly technical data that appears to provide a topography of HBO's network and to list network-administrator passwords.
In that attack, hackers unearthed thousands of embarrassing emails and released personal information, including salaries and social security numbers, of almost 50,000 current and former Sony employees. HBO later confirmed that a hack "resulted in the compromise of proprietary information". On Aug. 2, days after the HBO hack was first acknowledged, Plepler told staff: "We do not believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing". Also leaked were a month's worth of emails from Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming.
The fourth episode of the show's season 7 was leaked online last week; speculation suggested that the leak originated from Star India. That didn't stop them from demanding a ransom, however, because they "want to be your partner in a tiny part of HBO's huge income".