HBO Offers Hacker Group $250000 'Bounty Payment'

No new HBO material leaked despite threat from hackers

HBO has offered the hackers threatening to release Games of Thrones episodes and info $250K, and they're calling it a "bounty payment" as they scramble to get the situation under control.

The hackers leaked a screenshot of the email, dated July 27, which shows a senior VP at HBO offering the money and attempting negotiation.

"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."

The message reads, "You have the advantage of having surprised us".

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It also contains a plea from HBO to extend the ransom-payment deadline for one week while the transfer was being made.

Still, some speculate HBO's offer was just a stalling tactic, since we haven't seen any reports of hackers actually being paid.

HBO declined to comment when contacted by CNBC.

Previously, the hacker had asked for a six-month salary which would be half of the $12-15 million per year that they claim to make. "We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us".

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So far, however, the hack has not meant that winter is coming for HBO's programming.

So far the HBO leaks have been limited, falling well short of the chaos inflicted on Sony in 2014.

In that attack, hackers possibly associated with North Korea unearthed thousands of embarrassing emails and released personal information, including salaries and social security numbers, of almost 50,000 current and former Sony employees. A group claimed responsibility for the hack and said it has stolen 1.5. terabytes of data. While $250,000 in bitcoin is a lot of money to most people, it isn't almost the amount the hacker originally demanded.

Earlier this week, the HBO hackers released phone numbers and email addresses of Game of Thrones cast members, as part of a 3.4GB data dump.

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