Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones" was leaked online earlier in the week, but a source told the Daily News that it was not related to the latest hack. THR is not releasing details about what's in those documents, but the publication does say there are script summaries and marketing materials for Game of Thrones, in addition to a month's worth of emails from the inbox of the network's vice president of film programming, Leslie Cohen.
The hack comes at a sensitive time for HBO, as its parent Time Warner Inc is waiting for regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October.
"Our demand is clear and non-negotiable: we want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your data", the redacted note reads, reports the news outlet.
Plepler's note said that HBO would hire an outside firm to provide credit monitoring for employees, but did not explain why.
The hackers admitted in the letter that HBO has carefully protected its Game of Thrones content, but warned they had collected enough to produce a "tiny mini-series" of season seven content that will "shock the entire world" and "put an end to fate of this season" as well as "corrupts your ideas and efforts" for season eight.
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An HBO spokesperson, in a statement to THR, responds: "HBO believed that further leaks might emerge from this cyber incident when we confirmed it last week".
The network said on Monday that it still doesn't believe that its email system as a whole has been compromised.
HBO, which previously acknowledged the theft of "proprietary information", said it is continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts.
The hackers responsible for HBO's recent data breach have demonstrated a show of force by releasing some company emails they mined during the digital attack.
The Guardian and other publications reported on Tuesday that hackers had posted some stolen HBO files online, demanding a bitcoin ransom to prevent additional releases. The hackers also claim to have proof of HBO evading taxes.