HBO, however, says that it is unlikely that the perpetrators were able to breach its entire email system while admitting that some "proprietary information" was stolen. However, HBO quickly discovered that much more than that had recently been stolen by hackers.
KitGuru Says: So far, numerous HBOleaks have centred around Game of Thrones but with the season about to end in a couple of weeks, it seems like the hacker's bargaining chips are getting less valuable. In their initial video to HBO, they requested "six months salary", claiming to make $12 million to $15 million per year.
According toVariety and The Hollywood Reporter, HBO termed it as "bug bounty payment", calling it part of a programme where ethical hackers were rewarded for finding technical shortcomings, and bringing them to HBO's attention.
As well as releasing the video, the hackers also released 3.5GB of files containing administrator passwords, Game of Thrones scripts and a month's worth of emails from Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming. "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week".
The cache also included internal documents, among them an apparent report of legal claims against the network and job offer letters to top executives.
The hackers, who go online by the pseudonym of Mr. Smith, have leaked some data in two separate incidents during the last two weekends.
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