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". The message from HBO, dated July 27, features the network's offer to make a "bounty payment" of $250,000 as part of a program in which "white hat IT professionals" are rewarded for "bringing these types of things to our attention".
The hacker behind the cyberattack against USA television network Home Box Office (HBO) was allegedly offered a $250,000 (£192,827, €212,702) payoff disguised as a "bug bounty" reward, according to an email showing a conversation between the criminal and a senior technology executive.
As a precaution to stop further leaks, HBO reportedly offered to pay $250,000 to a group of hackers, a purported leaked email suggests.
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It is unclear if the HBO email is authentic or if it has been doctored in any way.
Macall B. Polay/Courtesy HBO via REUTERSA scene from "Game of Thrones" season 7. A few days after HBO sent the note, the hackers went to the media with details of the breach.
The hackers did not respond to a request for comment through the email address they used to communicate with HBO.
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The first HBO hack became publicly known on July 31.
"You have the advantage of having surprised us". "There is a possibility that HBO's pre-emptive bug bounty programme may have yielded a better security posture for them, avoiding this situation altogether", he added.
HBO offered to pay $250,000 to hackers who were threatening to leak episodes of its massively popular drama Game of Thrones. The materials hacked also contained innumerable financial data of the company, employement agreements and marketing-startegy PDFs. The network said: "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week".
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