HBO places $250000 bounty on Game of Thrones' hackers


In HBO's new message, leaked by the hacker and dated July 27, a network executive offers a $US250,000 payment to the hackers as part of program in which "white hat IT professionals" are rewarded for "bringing these types of things to our attention", according to Variety.

"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 HBO exec says in the email. However, the reason the e-mail was worded in a tone that was non-confrontational is because HBO was trying to "stall for time" while the situation was being evaluated.

Regardless of whether HBO meant to follow through with its US$250,000 offer, the e-mail on Friday raised questions among security professionals about the importance of the data and whether HBO's reaction might encourage future attacks. In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week. A few days after HBO sent the note, the hackers went to the media with details of the breach.

"Hackers are not in this game for US$250,000; this probably took them a lot of time and effort", Goel said.

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The offer apparently failed to satisfy the attackers who have demanded a ransom of millions of dollars and are threatening to release more files from what is claimed to be a massive data breach.

However, the episode leak was reportedly not related to the leak which saw HBO's servers get hacked.

HBO has said that it is working with law enforcement and cybersecurity firms to investigate the attack, which is the latest to hit a Hollywood business.

When Netflix refused to pay, the hacker posted a torrent for the episodes to The Pirate Bay.