Leaked email shows HBO negotiating with hackers

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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.

HBO offered criminals who hacked into its computer system $250,000 in order to delay the release of sensitive information, a leaked email, first obtained by Variety, indicates. However, the email to THR is from the same account going by "Mr. Smith" that has sent previous messages and proof of stolen content. THR has confirmed that the executive works for HBO in a technology capacity.

You might have heard by now that HBO has been hit by a cyberattack.

However, this week hackers released an email from HBO according to which the network has agreed to pay $250,000 as part of a negotiation over data swiped from HBO's servers.

"You have the advantage of having surprised us". The request prompted an automated response that provided a link to an image of the July 27 note from HBO.

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Whether or not HBO ever meant to follow through with its $250,000 offer, the email raised questions Friday among security professionals about the importance of the data and whether HBO's reaction might encourage future attacks. The network said: "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week".

"This episode of the HBO hack is turning out to be a "Game of Thorns" for HBO".

"It's interesting that they're spinning it as a bug bounty program", said Pablo Garcia, CEO of FFRI North America, based in Aliso Viejo, California.

A week back, hackers leaked the script of Episode 5 of "Game of Thrones" Season 7 along with a threat demanding ransom from the US-based television network. The materials hacked also contained innumerable financial data of the company, employement agreements and marketing-startegy PDFs.

The email was worded in a way that would allow HBO to stall for time while it assessed the situation, Variety reported, citing a source close to HBO's investigation.