Well, they in all probability ought to have seen this coming. It would seem that after an nameless hacker obtained their palms on a large quantity of HBO information, together with upcoming episodes of in style reveals, HBO provided them a “bounty payment.” How do we all know that? Because the identical hacker leaked the memo, HBO despatched.
According to Variety, the message is dated July 27, and gives $250,000 to the hacker. The memo states that the cash is a part of a program involving “white-hat IT professionals” being rewarded for “bringing these types of things to our attention.” I assume placing out scripts for unreleased Game of Thrones episodes is one solution to carry these points to HBO’s consideration.
Variety’s sources inform them the memo was worded particularly to purchase the community time. Rather than being confrontational, showing to supply an olive department permits HBO to completely assess the scenario. The memo additionally asks that the ransom deadline set by the hacker be pushed again one week so the mandatory quantity of bitcoin could also be secured.
The message reads, “You have the advantage of having surprised us. In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week.” While $250,000 in bitcoin is some huge cash to most individuals, it isn’t practically the quantity the hacker initially demanded. In their preliminary video to HBO, they requested “six months salary,” claiming to make $12 million to $15 million per yr.
While the memo seems to be extra of a stalling tactic than a severe supply, HBO actually shouldn’t be shocked that it obtained out. As there’s no assertion from the community but, we’ve got to imagine they not less than thought of this as a chance, proper? Leakers gonna leak. Just… please no Game of Thrones spoilers earlier than Sunday night time?
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