HBO Reportedly Offered Hackers $250000 'Bug Bounty Payment'

HBO Hack Game of Thrones Stars Phone Numbers Email Addresses Leaked Report

HBO Hack Game of Thrones Stars Phone Numbers Email Addresses Leaked Report

It would appear that after an anonymous hacker got their hands on a massive amount of HBO data, including upcoming episodes of popular shows, HBO offered them a "bounty payment".

"You have the advantage of having surprised us", reads the email, which Variety said was sent by an HBO technology team member on July 27.

According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, HBO termed it as "bug bounty payment", calling it part of a programme where ethical hackers were rewarded for finding technical shortcomings, and bringing them to HBO's attention.

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Surprisingly, HBO's message to the online thief was not confrontational or angry but rather calm and a source close to the investigation said that it was worded in such a way so that the television company could stall for time to assess the situation.

The HBO Game of Thrones hack saga continues with new revelations about the massive cyber attack.

The unnamed HBO exec told hackers that the company has "been working hard since [July 23] to review all of the material that you have made available to us".

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This is the second data dump from the purported hacker.

"We also have not been able to put into place the necessary infrastructure to be able to make a large payment in bitcoin, although we are taking steps to do so as you suggested", HBO exec's email.

The hackers' ransom demand is "six months salary worth in bitcoin", which given their claim of $12 million (roughly Rs. 76.5 crores) annually, comes to about $6 million (roughly Rs. 38.2 crores). The stalling tactic apparently didn't work, though. A few days ago, a report said the hackers asked HBO to pay millions in bitcoins to avoid further leaks.

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In the ransom note sent to HBO, they say "Its [sic] a game for us".

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