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HBO hackers release outline for next 'Game of Thrones,' make ransom demands

The leaked episode – which is marked For Internal Viewing Only – is being shared across the web VIMEOThe leaked episode – which is marked For Internal Viewing Only – is being shared across the web
Nicole Thomas | 12 August, 2017, 04:52

"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".

HBO repeated its earlier assertion that it doesn't believe its entire email system has been compromised by hackers.

This might also explain why the email asked the hacker to extend the ransom-payment deadline by one week, so that they could, you know, get their hands on all that sweet internet money.

Hackers have been going whole hog on HBO, leaking episodes of Ballers and threatening the network with plenty of chaos.

Sending only one "letter" with details on how to pay their ransom, the group has demanded their "six month salary in bitcoin" saying that they earn $12m to $15m a year from breaching networks and blackmailing organizations.

The report by Variety on Thursday said HBO offered the payment as a "bug bounty", which is offered by companies to discover vulnerabilities in their computer networks.

They have already leaked some stolen files online which include a month's worth of emails from HBO's vice president for film programming a script summary from an upcoming episode of Game of Thrones.

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"You have the advantage of having surprised us". HBO doesn't believe the hackers represented by "Mr. Smith" possess actual episodes of Thrones, although they have threatened to release episodes of other series with their "HBO is Falling" logo superimposed. So far, only a few Game of Thrones scripts have been released, but there's no telling what else those hackers are sitting on.

Game of Thrones continues on Sky Atlantic, Mondays at 2am and 9pm.

A video circulating online directs a message to HBO chief Richard Plepler, claiming that the group "obtained valuable information" in an attack that yielded a whopping 1.5 terabytes of data.

It should be noted that this email was sent before both the data dumps.

HBO declined to comment on the leaked message to Variety.

"We don't play with you so, you in return, don't play with us".

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