Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

HBO Hacker Demands $6 Million Ransom For 'Game Of Thrones' Scripts, Emails

HBO Hacker Demands $6 Million Ransom For 'Game Of Thrones' Scripts, Emails

Perpetrators of the data breach have also shared a link which provides access to confidential documents including emails and Game of Thrones materials such as marketing spreadsheets, script summaries, and casting details.

The network said on Monday that it still doesn't believe that its email system as a whole has been compromised. To stop the leaks, the purported hackers demanded "our six-month salary in bitcoin", which they implied is at least $6m (€5.1m).

These were the words of the hackers themselves to big-shot cable company HBO.

Last week, HBO president and CEO Richard Plepler had assured employees that their email was most likely not in the hands of the hackers. "So consider us another budget for your advertisements!"

HBO's all-too-public hacker nightmare began last week, when the unnamed attackers sent their first notice to reporters, claiming to have a stolen stockpile of the company's secrets.

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The statement adds: "We continue to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident". He declined to comment further or address the hackers' ransom demands.

So far the HBO leaks have been limited, falling well short of the chaos inflicted on Sony in 2014, when hackers unearthed reams of embarrassing emails. The hackers aren't shown in the clip.

HBO's chief said on Wednesday that the company is conducting a forensic review of its computer systems to better understand the scope of a cyber attack that surfaced over the weekend.

There were also internal documents, including a report of legal claims against the network and job offer letters to top executives. "We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner's end to swiftly determine the cause".

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