HBO Reportedly Offered The 'Game Of Thrones' Hackers A $250K Bounty

Daenerys from Game of Thrones

Daenerys from Game of Thrones

HBO reportedly offered a $250,000 "bug bounty" reward, as the network called it, according to the email sent by a senior technology executive to the hackers.

The hackers stole over 3.4 GB of data, which, not only included scripts for future episodes but the personal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of the Game of Thrones cast and crew.

This new data dump appears to include the scripts for five Game of Thrones episodes, as well as a month's worth of saved emails from Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president of film programming. HBO was one of our hard targets to deal with but we succeeded (it took about 6 months),' the video said, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which said it had also received confidential information from the hackers.

The hackers claimed to have stolen nearly 1.5TB of data which could potentially amount to several TV series box sets or millions of documents.

On Thursday night, Variety along with other publications claimed to have obtained a message by the anonymous HBO hacker regarding an offer made by HBO to make the hacker go away.

In the video made by Mr. Smith, the hackers used a black background with white text along with the threat of further disclosures if HBO won't pay the ransom. Is the HBO actually would have gone through with the paying the hacker.

A ransom note that was apparently sent to HBO from a hacker calling himself Mr. Smith was leaked on Monday. The network confirmed that there it launched an ongoing investigation both internally and externally, but the message is clear: This isn't as bad as the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures yet.

We continue to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident. The letter stated that the hackers are giving an ultimatum of three days to the company for response or they would publish all confidential information about the company including the corporate data which they claim to have stolen.

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