HBO Offered Hackers $250000 To Prevent Leaks

HBO Offered Hackers This Whopping Bug Bounty Payment!

According to The Guardian, the hackers had demanded huge amount from HBO for not releasing further data. "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".

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

The HBO hacker has struck yet again.

"There is a possibility that HBO's pre-emptive bug bounty programme may have yielded a better security posture for them, avoiding this situation altogether", he added.

The email appears to originate from the same address that was used to leak the material accessed by the hackers. The network said: "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week".

The group of hackers started their threats a few weeks ago by telling online publications that they had managed to breach HBO's system, thus giving them access to the network's unreleased shows.

According to the report, the HBO executive wrote that the company had not been able to acquire the amount of Bitcoin, which is almost $6 million, the hackers had demanded. Their recent move involved dumping private executive emails and a script from a "Game of Thrones" season 7 episode. Various sources including an insider source close to CNBC revealed that the $250,000 offer is merely a delay tactic proposed by the HBO team.

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

When Netflix refused to pay, the hacker posted a torrent for the episodes to The Pirate Bay. "The next company, whether it's Showtime or Death Row Records or whomever, needs to see that they're going to wake up one day to this reality unless they confront it".

The leaks so far have fallen well short of the chaos inflicted on Sony in 2014. Companies would be better off investing in preventing email spear-fishing attempts and other hacking techniques, he said.

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