HBO Offers Hacker Group $250000 'Bounty Payment'

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Let's backtrack: Unidentified hackers claimed they took 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO in late July - things like episodes of "Ballers" and "Room 104", as well as cast information, scripts and other data from HBO's golden egg, "Game of Thrones". "The July 27 email was sent by an HBO executive who thanked the hackers for "making us aware" of previously unknown security vulnerabilities". Both Varietyand The Hollywood Reporterreport receiving an email from the hackers containing a transcript of a message sent by HBO offering payment.

The message reads, "You have the advantage of having surprised us".

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 email was worded in a way where they could buy time before the hackers release any sensitive data, and they also requested a full week to make the payment. That means it's unclear if HBO actually would have gone through with paying the hackers, but it's still surprising even to see the offer be made. Rather than being confrontational, appearing to offer an olive branch allows HBO to fully assess the situation. While $250,000 in bitcoin is a lot of money to most people, it isn't almost the amount the hacker originally demanded.

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". It is likely that HBO was trying to not have anything leaked out in public. 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.

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