A leaked email has revealed that HBO has offered to pay a $250,000 ransom fee to the hackers who are responsible for a massive data breach which recently carried out against the cable giant. HBO is attempting to take some measures to prevent further fallout.
It is known that message released Thursday by some anonymous hacker to select journalists in which HBO is responding to the initial video letter. That was bascially sent informing about the Time Warner owned company of the massive data breach. The message from HBO, dated July 27, features the network’s offer in order to make a “bounty payment” of $250,000. As part of a program in which “white hat IT professionals” are being rewarded for “bringing these types of things to our attention.”
Recently reported last week, the attack against HBO was reportedly massive. Potentially compromising thousands of important documents. Not only did the hackers obtain unreleased episodes of series like Ballers, Room 104, and Insecure. They also obtained script materials for many upcoming episodes of Game Of Thrones. As well as the personal information of HBO employees.
HBO Email Suggesting $250,000 Bitcoin Payout For Hackers
The email, which was recently leaked by the hackers, suggests HBO would pay the hackers through a “white hat” program. Where they get to reward IT professionals for helping them find some major holes in their security. The $250,000 is decidedly much less than the hackers are demanding. And their leak of the email would seem to suggest a rejection of HBO’s terms. A reliable source close to the investigation suggests that the email was a stalling tactic so HBO can figure out just about how serious the situation is.
This all comes at a very terrible time for HBO’s parent company, Time Warner, who are recently in the process of attempting to merge with AT&T. Which would then create one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world. As they attempt to gain those regulatory approval for the move. This kind of high profile crisis is the last thing they want.
The message also try to implores the hacker to extend their ransom-payment deadline for one week. While the $250,000 payment is made and all of the necessary amount of bitcoin can be secured. “You have the advantage of having surprised us,” the message reads. “In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are just asking you to extend your deadline for just one week.”
The $250,000 sum is also well short of just the “six months salary” request made in the video letter by the hacker. Who now claims to make $12 million to $15 million per year.
However, HBO declined to comment.
It’s very unclear what the HBO hackers’ motivations are at this point. It’s also unclear that how much damage they’re capable of inflicting. And how much damage they intend to inflict upon. All we know for sure at this point is HBO is taking the situation very seriously. And is attempting to mitigate their exposure to a much potentially devastating breach.