HBO offered $250K to hackers to buy time, leaked email says


Well, they probably should have seen this coming.

Hackers have demanded millions of dollars from HBO to stop leaks of data they plundered from the network, including scripts from its hit show Game of Thrones.

HBO hoped that a quarter of a million payment would be enough to prevent any leaks, but as we now know, that wasn't to be the case.

Variety says the email may have been a stalling tactic, as the email was sent in late July before HBO had fully assessed the extent of the hack.

According to Variety, the message is dated July 27, and offers $250,000 to the hacker.

Variety's sources tell them the memo was worded specifically to buy the network time.

The hackers have demanded a ransom
SKYThe hackers have demanded a ransom to stop further Game of Thrones details being released

So far, the hackers have released multiple episodes of HBO shows including Game of Thrones, Ballers and Room 104, along with scripts of already-aired and upcoming episodes.

The message reads, "You have the advantage of having surprised us". "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week". While $250,000 in bitcoin is a lot of money to most people, it isn't almost the amount the hacker originally demanded.

Previously, the hacker had asked for a six-month salary which would be half of the $12-15 million per year that they claim to make.

Evidently, the payment was never made, and the hackers seem to either be looking for substantially more or to simply embarrass HBO. So consider us another budget for your advertisements!

They've also leaked executive emails, and on Tuesday released the personal phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses of Game of Thrones Season 7 cast members, among them Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Lena Headey (Cersei), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow).

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