The emails learn: As a present of fine religion on our facet, we’re keen to commit to making a bug bounty fee of zero,000 to you as quickly as we are able to set up the required account and purchase Bitcoin, or we are able to wire the funds as quickly as you give us the account info. (Picture Supply: HBO)
In a bid to comprise additional leaks from a gaggle of hackers, HBO reportedly offered to pay $250,000 to those that stole almost 1.5TB knowledge, together with scripts of ‘Sport of Thrones’ (GoT) and different worker info, from the TV community. A purported leaked e-mail, despatched to numerous media publications by the hackers, appeared to come from an HBO government, providing the ‘bug bounty’ of $250,000 for exhibiting up weaknesses within the agency’s system, Forbes reported late on Friday.
“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. As a show of good faith on our side, we are willing to commit to making a bug bounty payment of $250,000 to you as soon as we can establish the necessary account and acquire Bitcoin, or we can wire the funds as soon as you give us the account information,” the e-mail learn.
The e-mail, dated July 27, containing the ‘bug bounty’ supply was leaked by the hacker who goes by the identify ‘Little Finger’ in a message promising a “second wave”. In accordance to the report, the HBO government wrote that the corporate had not been in a position to purchase the quantity of Bitcoin, which is almost $6 million, the hackers had demanded. Nevertheless, HBO was but to verify the veracity of the e-mail.
“This episode of the HBO hack is turning out to be a ‘Game of Thorns’ for HBO. As far back as July 27, HBO got into a negotiation with the hackers, it appears,” stated Ankush Johar, Director, BugsBounty.com, in a press release. “There is a possibility that HBO’s pre-emptive bug bounty programme may have yielded a better security posture for them, avoiding this situation altogether,” he added.
Earlier this week, hackers leaked the script of Episode 5 of ‘Sport of Thrones’ Season 7 that was set to be aired on August 13, together with a be aware demanding ransom from the US-based tv community. The hacked materials additionally incorporates “countless” HBO inside paperwork, together with a month’s value of a high government’s emails, monetary steadiness sheets, employment agreements and marketing-strategy PDFs.