HBO Hacker Leaks 250000 Offer Memo from Network

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming Rights’Game of Thrones’ Finale Script Explains Why Drogon Burned the Iron Throne Well, they probably should have seen this coming. It would appear that after an anonymous hacker got their hands on a massive amount of HBO data, including upcoming episodes of popular shows, HBO offered them a “bounty payment.” How do we know that? Because the same hacker leaked the memo, HBO sent.According to Variety, the message is dated July 27, and offers $250,000 to the hacker. The memo states that the money is part of a program involving “white-hat IT professionals” being rewarded for “bringing these types of things to our attention.” I guess putting out scripts for unreleased Game of Thrones episodes is one way to bring these issues to HBO’s attention.Variety’s sources tell them the memo was worded specifically to buy the network time. Rather than being confrontational, appearing to offer an olive branch allows HBO to fully assess the situation. The memo also asks that the ransom deadline set by the hacker be pushed back one week so the necessary amount of bitcoin may be secured.The message reads, “You have the advantage of having surprised us. In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week.” While $250,000 in bitcoin is a lot of money to most people, it isn’t nearly the amount the hacker originally demanded. In their initial video to HBO, they requested “six months salary,” claiming to make $12 million to $15 million per year.While the memo appears to be more of a stalling tactic than a serious offer, HBO really shouldn’t be surprised that it got out. As there’s no statement from the network yet, we have to assume they at least considered this as a possibility, right? Leakers gonna leak. Just… please no Game of Thrones spoilers before Sunday night?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img

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