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Ransom money worth $250000 demanded from HBO

Ransom money worth $250000 demanded from HBO”

Hackers released a July 27, 2017, email from HBO in which the company expressed willingness to pay them $250,000 as part of a negotiation over electronic data swiped from HBO's servers.

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.

A purported leaked email, sent to various media publications by the hackers, appeared to come from an HBO executive, offering the "bug bounty" of $250,000 for showing up weaknesses in the firm's system, Forbes reported late on Friday.

HBO offered to pay $250,000 to hackers who were threatening to leak episodes of its massively popular drama Game of Thrones. HBO declined to comment on the story.

Whether or not HBO ever meant to follow through with its $250,000 offer, the email raised questions Friday among security professionals about the importance of the data as well as how it will affect future attacks. "They're being extorted. If it was a bug bounty, it'd be on the up and up".

"We have not been able to put into place the necessary infrastructure to make a large payment in Bitcoin, although we are taking steps to do so as you suggested". In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week.

There is no way to verify the authenticity of the email, but it was shared through the same email address that the attackers had previously used to leak stolen data - the compressed file that included two episodes of the television hit "Game of Thrones", that were leaked prior to the release date along with two unreleased episodes of "Ballers", and "Room 104".

The hackers claim to have 1.5 terabytes of data stolen from HBO.

It is unclear if the HBO email is authentic or if it has been doctored in any way.

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



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