Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

HBO Offered Hackers $250000 As A "Bug Bounty Reward", Hackers Rejected

HBO Offered Hackers $250000 As A

HBO said it believed that further leaks might emerge from the breach and that "the forensic review is ongoing".

The hackers behind a massive cyberattack on HBO have leaked a message from the network in which they say an exec offered a "bounty payment" $250,000, Variety reports.

Today, we're hearing that HBO is putting up some amount of money, but it's not almost the amount the hackers are demanding.

The hackers did not respond to a request for comment through the email address they used to communicate with HBO. HBO was one of our hard targets to deal with but we succeeded (it took about 6 months),' the video said, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which said it had also received confidential information from the hackers.

HBO has reportedly offered to pay hackers who claim to have hacked its email system and obtained data from its network, reported Variety. An industry insider spoke to Deadline, saying that this delay could mean the hackers don't actually have much Game of Thrones content to release.

"You have the advantage of having surprised us".

It should be noted that this email was sent before both the data dumps.

One concern is that these hackers have their hands on significant spoilers for high-profile HBO series like Game of Thrones.

Those behind the HBO hack claim to have more data, including scripts, upcoming episodes of HBO shows and movies, and information damaging to HBO. Given their claims that they earn between $12 million and $15 million through blackmailing organizations whose networks they have breached, they are thought to be demanding between $6 million and $7.5 million in ransom. Internally, HBO has to worry about these hackers releasing sensitive information like emails, contacts, and details on pending litigation.

On Aug. 3, the hackers sent an email THR indicating their motive. "We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us.", the email said.

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