HBO offered GoT hackers $250k Bitcoin 'bounty'

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HBO offered GoT hackers $250k Bitcoin 'bounty'

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.

Variety has opted not to publish the name or email address of the HBO executive from which the message was sent. In their initial video to HBO, they requested "six months salary", claiming to make $12 million to $15 million per year.

Details of the HBO hack emerged last week and a script from the popular show was leaked online.

Obtaining that much Bitcoin at short notice is a bit more complicated than getting a loan from the Iron Bank of Braavos, so the unnamed HBO executive asked the hackers for an extension to the ransom deadline.

But a source close to the situation told CNBC that this email was merely a "delay tactic" and said HBO is having no communication with the hackers now. The hackers have reportedly demanded $6 million to hold off on the release of the data.

The leak of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones didn't do hurt the audience numbers, at least as much as some may have expected. All documents that have been leaked bear a watermark with the message "HBO is Falling". HBO has not publicly commented on their investigation or the "bounty payment".

Thus far, companies have largely declined to negotiate with hackers, in part for fear of setting a precedent of paying them off. We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us.So we have one option.Wait till Sunday.

"We also have not been able to put into place the necessary infrastructure to be able to make a large payment in bitcoin, although we are taking steps to do so as you suggested", HBO exec's email.

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