Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

HBO hackers demand $7.5M to stop Game of Thrones leaks

HBO hackers demand $7.5M to stop Game of Thrones leaks

Hackers who have leaked scripts and an episode from hit HBO show Game of Thrones (GoT) have reportedly demanded a ransom.

A person familiar with HBO's response to the attack told Reuters that the company sent the email "as a stall tactic" and had never meant to make the US$250,000 payment or pay the full $6 million the hackers had demanded to hold off going public with data stolen from HBO.

A group of hackers posted some documents of stolen HBO files online Monday, and demanded a multi million-dollar ransom from the network to prevent further leaks and other sensitive branded files.

A source within the investigation told Variety that the peculiar wording of the email was deliberate in an attempt to stall for time as HBO comes to terms with what they are dealing with here.

Previously, the hacker had asked for a six-month salary which would be half of the $12-15 million per year that they claim to make.

We continue to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident.

U.S. could launch a preemptive strike against North Korea
The threat likewise comes after the United Nations Security Council imposed new and tougher sanctions on North Korea . Aflague remembers similar threats when he lived in Guam.

However, HBO's email tactic failed, and the hackers published details about an upcoming episode of the network's popular drama Game of Thrones.

It should be noted that this email was sent before both the data dumps. An industry insider spoke to Deadline, saying that this delay could mean the hackers don't actually have much Game of Thrones content to release.

An extension for the deadline of payment of the ransom was also requested by HBO.

The hackers claim to have stolen 1.5 TB of data, which includes emails, corporate data and unreleased episodes of a number of HBO shows. Game of Thrones is the most popular show in HBO's history and has always been a target of digital piracy. Mandiant was also the one who investigated the 2014 Sony hacking which was allegedly perpetrated by North Korea.

Meanwhile, HBO has declined to comment on the latest message that was sent by their hackers.

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