HBO offers $250000 as 'bounty payment' to hackers

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The email is dated July 27 and was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. CNBC further noted that the employee who sent the email to the hacking group were very careful with their wording, referring to the offer of $250,000 as a bug bounty payment rather than a ransom payment.

There is no official confirmation or comment from HBO regarding the authenticity of the latest message from the hacker.

The source explained that the HBO email was worded in a non-confrontational tone to stall for time and enable the network to have more period to assess how serious the breach was.

Hackers who broke into HBO's cyber security system are not backing down. "They're being extorted. If it was a bug bounty, it'd be on the up and up".

The email appears to originate from the same address that was used to leak the material accessed by the hackers.

"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", the HBO executive's email reportedly stated. 'In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week'.


The anonymous hackers were known to have made a ransom demand, but details of how this was handled were not made public.

The email indicates that a negotiation was going on between the network and the hackers. "That's a very, very small amount in these kinds of negotiations".

The Guardian and other publications reported earlier this week that hackers had posted some stolen HBO files online, demanding a bitcoin ransom to prevent additional releases.

This week, that included the hackers releasing a months worth of emails from HBO's vice president and a synopsis of the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones. There were also internal documents, including a report of legal claims against the network and job offer letters to top executives.

HBO, which previously acknowledged the theft of 'proprietary information, ' said it's continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts.

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