HBO Reportedly Offered Hackers $250000 'Bug Bounty Payment'

James Marshall
August 12, 2017

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. Variety adds that the email is dated July 27, which was a few days before the hackers began to put what they have online. "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week".

The payment was suggested in an email which was leaked by the hackers as "a show of good faith", according to Variety. HBO is not negotiating with the hackers, and the email was merely an attempt to buy some time, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday citing "a person familiar with the matter".

Reuters said it tried emailing the hackers at an address it said it obtained from HBO.

The hackers, who claim to make $12-15 million a year, claim to have more data, including scripts, upcoming episodes of HBO shows and movies, and information damaging to HBO.

Evidently, the payment was never made, and the hackers seem to either be looking for substantially more or to simply embarrass HBO.

The leak of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones didn't do hurt the audience numbers, at least as much as some may have expected.

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.

The quarter-million offer is peanuts compared to the hackers' original demand: their "six-month salary in Bitcoin", which equals approximately $6 million. "We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us...", they said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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