HBO offers $250000 as ‘bounty payment’ to hackers: Variety – Business Insider


The logo for HBO,Home Box Office, the American premium cable television network, owned by Time Warner, is pictured during the HBO presentation at the Cable portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California August 1, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
The
logo for HBO,Home Box Office, the American premium cable
television network, owned by Time Warner, is pictured during the
HBO presentation at the Cable portion of the Television Critics
Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills

Thomson Reuters

(Reuters) – The hackers behind HBO’s recent data breach have
leaked an email in which the U.S. cable channel offered them
$250,000 as a “bounty payment,” Hollywood trade paper Variety
reported on Thursday.

The message from HBO, the Time Warner Inc cable unit that
broadcasts “Game of Thrones,” offers the money as part of a
program in which “white-hat professionals” are rewarded for
identifying cyber security flaws, the Variety report said.
http://bit.ly/2uMrMDz

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.

HBO also requested the hackers to extend a ransom payment
deadline by one week, Variety said.

The Guardian and other publications reported earlier this week
that hackers had posted some stolen HBO files online, demanding a
bitcoin ransom to prevent additional releases.

HBO did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The hack has come at a sensitive time for HBO, whose parent Time
Warner is awaiting regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T
Inc in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October.

(Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai
Sachin Ravikumar)

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HBO offers $250000 as ‘bounty payment’ to hackers: Variety – Business Insider

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