HBO offered GoT hackers $250k Bitcoin 'bounty'

Cesar Mills
August 12, 2017

As for the motive, the email (from hackers) said: "It's just about money".

The hackers claim that they're not criminals, but "white hats" (used to reference people of good and moral standing, or, in computer speak, someone who hacks into a network to evaluate its security).

The hack was first mentioned a few days ago, after episode 3 of the seventh Game of Thrones season aired.

HBO offered $250,000 as a "bounty payment" to a hacker who stole TV show scripts from the company, according to an email obtained by CNBC, but a source familiar with the situation said it was just a "delay tactic". Furthermore, it doesn't appear that they actually have possession of any of the unreleased episodes.

The hackers claim to have more data, including scripts, upcoming episodes of HBO shows and movies, and information damaging to HBO.

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Evidently, the payment was never made, and the hackers seem to either be looking for substantially more or to simply embarrass HBO.

But the negotiations with HBO aren't going well, a new report explains.

Several outlets, including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and The Guardian, reported they saw a screenshot of a July 27 email sent by HBO to the group offering a $250,000 bug bounty. The HBO exec apparently crafted a very carefully worded reply to hackers, which avoids any language that would make HBO look like it's ready to pay attackers off.

HBO has suffered a major cyber attack, and the company is asking the hackers to extend the ransom deadline.

The hackers leaked the email because of the money. We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us.So we have one option.Wait till Sunday. It was reported earlier this week that hackers had posted some stolen HBO files online, demanding a bitcoin ransom to prevent additional releases.

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