Ransom money worth $250000 demanded from HBO

Pierre Vaugeois
Août 12, 2017

However, this week hackers released an email from HBO according to which the network has agreed to pay $250,000 as part of a negotiation over data swiped from HBO's servers.

The hack suffered by HBO has been in the headlines for the last couple of weeks, not least because it led to the leak of episodes and scripts.

The executive continues: "You have the advantage of having surprised us".

In a message leaked by the hackers, the executive says "HBO has been working hard since Sunday evening (July 23) to review all of the material that you have made available to us". According to the report, the HBO executive wrote that the company had not been able to acquire the amount of Bitcoin, which is almost $6 million, the hackers had demanded.

According to Hollywood Reporter, hackers have leaked a screenshot of an email that shows a senior HBO VP offering the hackers $250,000 as a "bug bounty payment". However, HBO was yet to confirm the veracity of the email.

There is no way to verify the authenticity of the email, but it was shared through the same email address that the attackers had previously used to leak stolen data - the compressed file that included two episodes of the television hit "Game of Thrones", that were leaked prior to the release date along with two unreleased episodes of "Ballers", and "Room 104". "There is a possibility that HBO's pre-emptive bug bounty programme may have yielded a better security posture for them, avoiding this situation altogether", he added.

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