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

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The source explained that the HBO email was worded in a non-confrontational tone to stall for time and enable the network to have more period to assess how serious the breach was. Their recent move involved dumping private executive emails and a script from a "Game of Thrones" season 7 episode. Various reports said that the hacker claimed to have stolen 1.5TB of data.

Still, the criminals may be holding on to more damaging data - both intellectual property, like unaired programming, and sensitive personal information of HBO employees - that they can use as leverage to try to get money from HBO, said Gartner analyst Avivah Litan.

WIRED added that the hackers released a video containing a scrolling message with the famous "Game of Thrones" musical scoring in the background. The hacker claimed to make $12 million to $15 million per year.

The hack follows attacks on Netflix, where a hacker demanded a ransom in exchange for not leaking episodes of Orange is the New Black.

According to The Guardian, the hackers had demanded huge amount from HBO for not releasing further data. "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week".

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In that message, an HBO executive reportedly writes, "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".

"Game of Thrones" is one of the shows to be attacked.

They said the HBO Internal Network, emails, technical platforms, and database were penetrated, with "confidential stuff that blaze your eyes" obtained.

The hackers who illegally gained access to the information peripherals of HBO have released a screenshot of an email where an eminent manager of HBO, John Beyler, is offering the hackers Bitcoins of worth $250,000 as a "bug bounty payment".

Among other series leaked by the hacker included the latest episode of HBO comedy "Insecure", which was to have premiered tonight.

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