Leaked email shows HBO negotiating with hackers

Richard Plepler CEO of HBO

In a bid to contain further leaks from a group of hackers, HBO reportedly offered to pay $250,000 to those who stole almost 1.5TB data, including scripts of "Game of Thrones" (GoT) and other employee information, from the TV network. In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week.

The hackers who are rumored to be Pakistanis as the file containing the leaked data is available over the internet titled as "Gift From Pakistan", later released the personal details of some Game of Thrones actors, including email addresses and phone numbers, plus some HBO emails and confidential files, along with a renewed demand for a multimillion dollar ransom, as reported by CNBC.

According to Hollywood Reporter, hackers have leaked a screenshot of an email that shows a senior HBO VP offering the hackers $250,000 as a "bug bounty payment".

It is unclear if the HBO email is authentic or if it has been doctored in any way.

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"This episode of the HBO hack is turning out to be a "Game of Thorns" for HBO. As far back as July 27, HBO got into a negotiation with the hackers, it appears", said Ankush Johar, Director, BugsBounty.com, in a statement.

Earlier this week, hackers leaked the script of Episode 5 of "Game of Thrones" Season 7 that was set to be aired on August 13, along with a note demanding ransom from the US-based television network.

The report by Variety on Thursday said HBO offered the payment as a "bug bounty", which is offered by companies to discover vulnerabilities in their computer networks.

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