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Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

HBO hackers demand millions in ransom note

HBO hackers demand millions in ransom note

The website Databreaches.net reported that 10 files were leaked Monday as part of the demand including what may be another script of the popular fantasy series "Game of Thrones".

The hack comes at a sensitive time for HBO, as its parent Time Warner Inc is waiting for regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October.

The hackers responsible for HBO's recent data breach have demonstrated a show of force by releasing some company emails they mined during the digital attack.

As you might have heard, HBO was recently hacked and with the hack, quite a ton of data was stolen in the process. The upcoming TV episodes have also been uploaded online including one episode each of Ballers and Room 104, but no episodes of "Game of Thrones" had yet pop out. The hackers sent a video letter to Richard Plepler, HBO's chief executive.

In total, the Guardian says the hackers released over 3GB of files, including details of HBO's technical network and its administrator passwords.

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We don't know if they have made a ransom demand to HBO in exchange for not leaking anything else.

"Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold". To stop the leaks, the purported hackers demanded "our 6 month salary in bitcoin", which they implied is at least $6 million.

"HBO spends 12 million for Market Research and five million for GOT7 advertisements".

The note reportedly ended with an image of GoT villain the Night King with his arms raised, the word "standing" in one hand and "falling" in the other.

"We continue to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident", Cusson said. HBO spokesperson stated that the company is expecting more data to emerge from the breach as their internal investigation continues.

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