Leaked Email Reveals HBO in Negotiations With Hackers

FBI investigates Game of Thrones hack

The Hollywood Reporter says it got an email from the hackers August 3 saying, "It's just about money". "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week".

According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, HBO termed it as "bug bounty payment", calling it part of a programme where ethical hackers were rewarded for finding technical shortcomings, and bringing them to HBO's attention.

Variety claims it spoke to a source close to the HBO investigation into the hack, who was able to confirm the authenticity of the email.

The $250K is just a fraction of "six months salary" request the hacker originally asked for, so who knows what they're going to do. Those hackers appear to have been engaged in email correspondence with HBO. "As a show of good faith on our side, we are willing to commit to making a bug bounty payment of $250,000 to you as soon as we can establish the necessary account and acquire bitcoin".


They've also leaked executive emails, and on Tuesday released the personal phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses of Game of Thrones Season 7 cast members, among them Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Lena Headey (Cersei), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow). It is likely that HBO was trying to not have anything leaked out in public. HBO has declined to comment on the matter.

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. "We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us...", they said.

So far, however, the hack has not meant that winter is coming for HBO's programming. While $250,000 in bitcoin is a lot of money to most people, it isn't almost the amount the hacker originally demanded.

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