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HBO gets $6m ransom demand to stop Game of Thrones leaks

HBO gets $6m ransom demand to stop Game of Thrones leaks

HBO hackers have so far leaked the data in two separate dumps, with one releasing script of the Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4, unaired episodes of Ballers and Room 104, and the second leak dumping administrator passwords and GoT stars' contact details along with a top executive's emails.

On Thursday night, Variety along with other publications claimed to have obtained a message by the anonymous HBO hacker regarding an offer made by HBO to make the hacker go away.

It also contains a plea from HBO to extend the ransom-payment deadline for one week while the transfer was being made.

The payment was suggested in an email which was leaked by the hackers as "a show of good faith", according to Variety.

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Still, some speculate HBO's offer was just a stalling tactic, since we haven't seen any reports of hackers actually being paid.

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).

So far, however, the HBO leaks have been limited, falling well short of the chaos inflicted on Sony in 2014. HBO has not publicly commented on their investigation or the "bounty payment". A lot of companies offer them. "We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us". While $250,000 in bitcoin is a lot of money to most people, it isn't almost the amount the hacker originally demanded.

Variety reported on Wednesday morning that at least one of the leaked documents seems to have been manipulated by the hackers - to make it look like they accessed the email of HBO CEO Richard Plepler - casting doubt on the severity of the hack and the abilities of "Mr. Smith".


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