The hackers who breached HBO's servers have declined a ransom payment of $250,000 from a top HBO exec, according to an email leaked by hackers to the press. Now, we have learned that HBO has been trying to bargain with the hackers, even offering them a $250,000 "bug bounty" award to give the company more time.
The hackers claimed they stole no less than 1.5TB of data after more than six months of probing the security of HBO's internal network and threatened to reveal more content, including more personal data.
HBO, which previously acknowledged the theft of "proprietary information", says it's continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts.
The hackers have already begun to trickle some of the data into public, including unaired episodes of Ballers and Room 104 and a script summary of Game of Thrones. Leakers gonna leak. Just... please no Game of Thrones spoilers before Sunday night? With this new release of data, the hacking group demanded millions of dollars in order for them to stop leaking any more of the company's information.
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With the transfer window coming to a close on August 31 there is still some time for the teams to make some more new additions. Mourinho confirmed United are in talks to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, following reports from Sky earlier this week.
An extension for the deadline of payment of the ransom was also requested by HBO. This was the second data leak from the hackers, but so far, the damage to the network has been limited compared to a similar hack on Sony's network in 2014.
It is unlikely that the hacker obtained of actual Game of Throne episodes.
In statements to the press, HBO still maintains that "the review to date has not given us a reason to believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised".
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