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HBO hackers leak exec emails on top 'Game of Thrones' script

Jaime Lannister in a scene from Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4 Jaime Lannister in a scene from Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4
Stacy Diaz | 12 August, 2017, 04:51

The Guardian reports the hackers have released 3.4 GB of proprietary data, including draft scripts of upcoming Game of Thrones episodes and a document containing phone numbers and email addresses for stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke.

An HBO representative told Wired that there was no reason to believe the hackers had access to the company's email database.

KitGuru Says: So far, numerous HBO leaks have centred around Game of Thrones but with the season about to end in a couple of weeks, it seems like the hacker's bargaining chips are getting less valuable. The hackers are allegedly asking for a ransom worth the 6-month salary of HBO CEOs in bitcoin, which is allegedly worth a staggering $6 million.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the hackers also delivered a video letter to HBO CEO Richard Plepler that says "WE successfully breached into your vast network, HBO was one of our tough targets but we succeeded".

Also included in the released data were five Game of Thrones scripts and emails from the account of HBO's vice president for film programming, Leslie Cohen.

"You have the advantage of having surprised us".

The hackers claimed to have stolen nearly 1.5TB of data which could potentially amount to several TV series box sets or millions of documents.

The hackers are demanding millions of dollars from the company to prevent it from releasing the whole of the TV shows and further confidential details.

This is already the second data dump that came from the supposed group of hackers.

One concern is that these hackers have their hands on significant spoilers for high-profile HBO series like Game of Thrones.

HBO did not respond to a request for comment.

Following the leak of the note on Monday, the network said it is not able to determine whether its entire email system has been hacked. "We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us".