HBO wanted to pay $250000 to the 'Game of Thrones' hackers

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It showed negotiations over a ransom, with a senior vice president of HBO offering a bounty payment of $250,000 in bitcoin as part of a company program to reward IT professionals for discovering security weaknesses.

"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.

While HBO wasn't commenting on the revelation, the report cites a source close to the investigation who said the email was meant to buy time while HBO assessed the situation.

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.

"[Network has] been working hard since [July 23] to review all of the material that you have made available to us".

Specifically, the hackers demanded "our six-month salary in bitcoin" and claimed they earned 12-15 million dollars a year (£9m-£11.5m) from blackmailing organisations whose networks they have penetrated.

Lennox International, Inc. (NYSE:LII) Cut to "Sell" at BidaskClub
The Firm designs, makes and markets a range of products for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration markets. The institutional investor owned 14,830 shares of the construction company's stock after selling 3,120 shares during the period.

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".

The HBO Game of Thrones hack saga continues with new revelations about the massive cyber attack. The hackers have reportedly demanded $6 million to hold off on the release of the data.

So far, however, the HBO leaks have been limited, falling well short of the chaos inflicted on Sony in 2014.

They felt the offer of $250,000 was generous and enough to keep the hacker off their back and to stop any further leaks from happening.

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

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