Leaked Email Reveals HBO in Negotiations With Hackers

Leaked Email Reveals HBO in Negotiations With Hackers

Leaked Email Reveals HBO in Negotiations With Hackers

HBO reportedly offered $250,000 (roughly Rs. 1.6 crores) to the hackers who have leaked unaired episodes, scripts, and personal information so far, according to an email sent to various publications. Variety adds that the email is dated July 27, which was a few days before the hackers began to put what they have online.

"As a show of good faith on our side, we are willing to commit to making a bug bounty payment of $250,000 to you as soon as we can establish the necessary account and acquire Bitcoin", the person continued.

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Obtaining that much Bitcoin at short notice is a bit more complicated than getting a loan from the Iron Bank of Braavos, so the unnamed HBO executive asked the hackers for an extension to the ransom deadline.

HBO declined to comment when contacted by CNBC. With hackers now leaking their communication with the network, it appears they are either trying to embarrass the company even more or are just frustrated with this delay.

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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.

The fourth episode of Game of Thrones that was leaked last Friday was part of an unrelated incident, involving Star India. We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us.So we have one option.Wait till Sunday.

After releasing some of that data, the hackers demanded ransom.

Variety reported on Wednesday morning that at least one of the leaked documents seems to have been manipulated by the hackers - to make it look like they accessed the email of HBO CEO Richard Plepler - casting doubt on the severity of the hack and the abilities of "Mr. Smith".

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