Let's backtrack: Unidentified hackers claimed they took 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO in late July - things like episodes of "Ballers" and "Room 104", as well as cast information, scripts and other data from HBO's golden egg, "Game of Thrones".
Apparently the rogues refused to turn into sellswords, and leaked the text of the July 27 email to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, who published it Thursday. "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week".
"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", the person continued.
Details of the HBO hack emerged last week and a script from the popular show was leaked online.
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Variety has opted not to publish the name or email address of the HBO executive from which the message was sent.
The quarter-million offer is peanuts compared to the hackers' original demand: their "six-month salary in Bitcoin", which equals approximately $6 million.
The first incident of the hacking came over a week ago when the fourth episode of the current series of Game of Thrones was leaked on Reddit days before its Monday broadcast. With hackers now leaking their communication with the network, it appears they are either trying to embarrass the company even more or are just frustrated with this delay.
In the ransom note sent to HBO, they say "Its [sic] a game for us. We want to be your partner in a tiny part of HBO's huge income". While $250,000 in bitcoin is a lot of money to most people, it isn't almost the amount the hacker originally demanded. The email was worded in a way where they could buy time before the hackers release any sensitive data, and they also requested a full week to make the payment.