Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Game of Thrones hackers make ransom demand

A forensic investigation is ongoing and HBO is still reviewing what data has been leaked.

Accompanying the latest leak was a letter from the hackers.

The new batch of files contains the script of episode 5 of Game of Thrones season 7, content from HBO's email servers, and a copy of the ransom demand the hackers sent to HBO's management.

"We continue to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident", Cusson writes.

Mr. Smith referenced this data dump as the group's second leak, confirming HBO's assumption that the two incidents from last week were not connected, and the group was responsible only for the first.

The hackers released 3.4GB of files, which, in addition to the aforementioned draft scripts, include a month's worth of emails from HBO film programming VP Leslie Cohen, as well as internal network and administrator passwords.

The hackers who compromised HBO's systems leaked a few episodes of shows like Ballers and even the script for next week's Game of Thrones episode.

Yesterday, some members of the press received emails from an individual named "Mr. Smith", posing as the hacker group's spokesperson and who revealed the group's newest leak.

The message was delivered as a video letter to HBO chief executive Richard Plepler, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He declined to comment further or address the hackers' ransom demands. However, a security contractor had disclosed that the hackers got their hands on "thousands of internal documents."

To be exact, the hackers are expecting their "six-month salary" paid in Bitcoin, claiming they get from $12 to $15 million each year from blackmailing organizations like themselves, penetrated by them. "Its a game for us".

"We successfully breached into your huge network... Money isn't our main goal", their ransom note reads.

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