According to WIRED, the second data dump included a ransom note that claimed Mr. Smith was in possession of 1.5-terabyte worth of internal documents, employment and marketing papers, scripts, and episodes that bears the message: "HBO is falling". According to the report, the HBO executive wrote that the company had not been able to acquire the amount of Bitcoin, which is almost $6 million, the hackers had demanded.
Now a leaked email suggests that HBO offered the perpetrators a sum of $250,000 to delay the leaks.
An HBO executive allegedly offered to pay the attackers a $250,000 "bug bounty" as part of its programme for "white hat IT professionals".
It is unclear if the HBO email is authentic or if it has been doctored in any way.
Meanwhile, according to The Hollywood Reporter, in an email that was leaked by the hackers and dated July 27, HBO reportedly offered the group $250,000 as "bug bounty payment" and asked for more time.
The HBO hacker has struck yet again.
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"It's interesting that they're spinning it as a bug bounty program", said Pablo Garcia, CEO of FFRI North America, based in Aliso Viejo, California. Their recent move involved dumping private executive emails and a script from a "Game of Thrones" season 7 episode. "You have the advantage of having surprised us", the message reads.
The email was worded in a way that would allow HBO to stall for time while it assessed the situation, Variety reported, citing a source close to HBO's investigation. "In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week". The episode which was set to be aired on August 13 went viral online.
Beyler's email to the hackers said the company was working "very hard" to review all the material they provided, and also trying to figure out a way to make a large transaction in bitcoin, the hackers' preferred payment method.