Monday, 21 August, 2017

HBO Hacker Leaks Message From HBO Offering $250000 'Bounty Payment'

Hollywood Hacking Hack Placeholder Justin Renteria for Variety
Nellie Chapman | 14 August, 2017, 01:54

Time Warner Inc's (TWX.N) HBO network last month offered $250,000 to cyber criminals who hacked into its computer system, asking them to extend a deadline for paying a much larger ransom, according to an email reviewed by Reuters.

A separate statement, obtained by ABC News in July, also revealed that the network immediately began "working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms" once they became aware of the hack.

Variety has opted not to publish the name or email address of the HBO executive from which the message was sent.

HBO did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

"You have the advantage of having surprised us", Beyler wrote.

While the message takes a curiously non-confrontational tone in response to a hacker out to damage HBO, a source close to the investigation who confirmed the veracity of the email explained it was worded that way to stall for time while the company attempted to assess the serious situation. As a show of good faith on our side, we are willing to commit to making a bug bounty payment of $250,000 to you as soon as we can establish the necessary account and acquire bitcoin.

It's just about money.

According to WIRED, the second data dump included a ransom note that claimed Mr. Smith was in possession of 1.5-terabyte worth of internal documents, employment and marketing papers, scripts, and episodes that bears the message: "HBO is falling".

They have released more unaired episodes, including several of the eagerly awaited return of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which makes its debut in October.

Hackers continue to pester HBO but have not released any material related to the network's hit show Game of Thrones in their latest leak. However, it does not appear that anyone other than journalists have been able to find the link that contains the files.