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HBO Hackers Are Demanding Millions In Bitcoin

09 August 2017

In the video letter Monday, the hackers claimed that HBO was the 17th company to be targeted by them and that only three previous targets refused to pay, according to the AP.

The newly leaked files apparently contain extensive information on Game Of Thrones including castings, script summaries, including a detailed summary of the episode that is slated to air on Sunday (13 August). It is not yet known how deep into HBO's email system the hackers were able to get, since Cohen's messages are the only ones to be released so far.

Although the amount of money wasn't specified, the hackers demanded "our six-month salary in bitcoin", claiming they "earn" $12 million to $15 million a year from blackmailing other organizations they've compromised.

A total of 1.5 terabytes of digital content was stolen by the hackers from HBO servers of which they've leaked about half terabytes.

It's now unknown whether the hackers shared the public link to the materials with other media outlets, Game of Thrones fan sites, or additional television networks and/or executives. "So consider us another budget for your advertisements!" the letter, written by a 'Mr.Smith, ' reportedly adds. HBO spokesperson stated that the company is expecting more data to emerge from the breach as their internal investigation continues. "As we said, the forensic review is ongoing", a representative of HBO said in a statement provided to HuffPost. HBO didn't immediately say what else the hackers may have taken, but CEO Richard Plepler said in an email to employees the hack had included "stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming". Game of Thrones is the most popular show in HBO's history and has always been a target of digital piracy. "We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cyber-security firms", it said. In 2015, the first 4 episodes of Game of Thrones Season 5 were leaked online.