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HBO offers $250000 to hackers, here's why

14 Août 2017

"You have the advantage of having surprised us", Beyler wrote.

Meanwhile, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in an email that was leaked by the hackers and dated July 27, HBO reportedly offered the group $250,000 as "bug bounty payment" and asked for more time.

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.

The HBO hacker has struck yet again.

"It's interesting that they're spinning it as a bug bounty program", said Pablo Garcia, CEO of FFRI North America, based in Aliso Viejo, California.

HBO also requested the hackers to extend a ransom payment deadline by one week, Variety said.

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In the published version of the ransom message, the hackers redacted the amount of money they demanded.

Earlier this week, a video circulating online authored by someone identified only as "Mr. Smith" said the hackers had videos, scripts, personnel files and other sensitive data from the breach.

About a fortnight back, hackers broke into HBO's servers and stole a staggering 1.5 terabytes of data including five draft scripts of the seventh season of Game of Thrones as well as the personal numbers and addresses, home and email both, of the cast members of season 7 including Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, and Kit Harington. Various sources including an insider source close to CNBC revealed that the $250,000 offer is merely a delay tactic proposed by the HBO team.

When Netflix refused to pay, the hacker posted a torrent for the episodes to The Pirate Bay.

But paying ransoms to hackers can be unsafe because it shows that being a bad-guy hacker is a good business, said cybersecurity expert Oren Falkowitz, CEO of Redwood City, California-based Area 1 Security. "The next company, whether it's Showtime or Death Row Records or whomever, needs to see that they're going to wake up one day to this reality unless they confront it".

HBO offers $250000 to hackers, here's why