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HBO offered to pay off hackers with $250K: report

Posted: August 11, 2017 at 5:33 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

HBO offered to pay hackers $250,000 after they swiped “Game of Thrones” scripts and other sensitive data from the network — but the cyber-thieves leaked details of the offer instead, according to a new report.

In an apparent effort to embarrass the cable channel, the hackers — who are seeking a multi-million-dollar ransom — sent The Hollywood Reporter a July 26 email showing a senior vice president making the offer, the entertainment site reports.

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.

“[We’ve] been working hard since July 23 to review all of the material that you have made available to us. … In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week,” the exec writes.

“We also have not been able to put into place the necessary infrastructure to be able to make a large payment in bitcoin, although we are taking steps to do so as you suggested.”

The Hollywood Reporter says it hasn’t been able to authentic the email, but it came from the same “Mr. Smith” address previously used by the group that swiped 1.5 terabytes of data from the network.

The hackers have since released several scripts from the network’s flagship fantasy series, alongside episodes from other shows.

On Monday they dumped more data, including “Game of Thrones” cast members’ home addresses and phone numbers, and demanded a $6 million ransom to stem the leaks.





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