Hackers leak email indicating HBO has agreed to negotiate and pay $250000

Hackers leak email indicating HBO has agreed to negotiate and pay $250000

Hackers leak email indicating HBO has agreed to negotiate and pay $250000

The report by Variety on Thursday said HBO offered the payment as a "bug bounty", which is offered by companies to discover vulnerabilities in their computer networks.

Variety has opted not to publish the name or email address of the HBO executive from which the message was sent.

Now a leaked email suggests that HBO offered the perpetrators a sum of $250,000 to delay the leaks.

While the message takes a curiously non-confrontational tone in response to a hacker out to damage HBO, a source close to the investigation who confirmed the veracity of the email explained it was worded that way to stall for time while the company attempted to assess the serious situation. The anonymous hackers were known to have made a ransom demand, but details of how this was handled were not made public. "They're being extorted. If it was a bug bounty, it'd be on the up and up".

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The message also asks the hackers to extend a ransom deadline for one week in order for the network to secure and transfer the requested bitcoin payment. "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week". "That's a very, very small amount in these kinds of negotiations".

A person familiar with HBO's response to the attack told Reuters that the company sent the email "as a stall tactic" and had never meant to make the $250,000 payment or pay the full $6 million the hackers had demanded to hold off going public with data stolen from HBO.

The leaks included scripts from Game of Thrones episodes and a month's worth of e-mail from the account of HBO's vice president for film programming.

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.

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