HBO Offers Hacker Group $250000 'Bounty Payment'


Variety claims it spoke to a source close to the HBO investigation into the hack, who was able to confirm the authenticity of the email.

The hackers, who illegally broke into HBO's computer networks, claim to have taken 1.5 terabytes of data, including the fourth episode of season seven, which aired in the USA on Sunday, and was released illegally on Friday - days after a script from the newest installment of the fantasy series was published on the Internet.

An extension for the deadline of payment of the ransom was also requested by HBO. This includes the script for upcoming Game of Thrones episodes and two unreleased episodes, technical documents detailing HBO's internal network, and administrator passwords.

The hackers demanded "six month salary", which, according to the video, would be more than $6 million.

The executive is careful not to portray the cash offer as hush money, instead describing it as a "bug bounty payment" for finding weaknesses in the HBO's systems, the site reports.

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The data dump included what appear to be scripts from five Game of Thrones episodes, including one coming episode, and a month's worth of email from the account of Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming. An industry insider spoke to Deadline, saying that this delay could mean the hackers don't actually have much Game of Thrones content to release.

"You have the advantage of having surprised us". The $250,000 payment was also done in the hopes that it would be satisfy the demands of the HBO hacker and possibly avoid more leaks from this major data breach.

One concern is that these hackers have their hands on significant spoilers for high-profile HBO series like Game of Thrones.

HBO may have offered $250,000 to the cyber criminals that hacked the entertainment company's network in July, according to emails released Friday.

"We don't play with you so, you in return, don't play with us".