HBO Hackers demand $7 million for not leaking GOT Episodes

In a rambling letter published as a scrolling video set to the Game of Thrones score, the hackers have reproduced an ultimatum that they imply they've sent to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, demanding an amount of money (redacted from the published version of the letter) as ransom for the stolen data, which they'll otherwise continue to leak.

Specifically, the hackers demanded "our 6-month salary in bitcoin", and claimed they earn $12 million to $15 million a year from blackmailing organizations whose networks they have penetrated.

The hack came at a sensitive time for HBO, whose parent Time Warner is awaiting regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc T.N in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October. They also claim that HBO marks their 17th target, and only three have failed to pay.

One document appears to contain the confidential cast list for Game of Thrones, listing personal telephone numbers and email addresses for actors such as Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Emilia Clark.

They have demanded a ransom running into millions of dollars to prevent any further leaks from the 1.5TB of data that was stolen last week.

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Those behind the HBO hack claim to have more data, including scripts, upcoming episodes of HBO shows and movies, and information damaging to HBO. Also leaked were a month's worth of emails from Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming.

"HBO spends $12m for market research and $5m for [Game of Thrones series seven] advertisements".

The hackers, who illegally broke into HBO's computer networks, claim to have taken 1.5 terabytes of data, including the fourth episode of season seven, which aired in the US on Sunday, and was released illegally on Friday - days after a script from the newest instalment of the fantasy series was published on the Internet.

On August 2, days after the HBO hack was first acknowledged, Plepler told staff, "We do not believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing".

One week after hackers spilled multiple episodes of unreleased HBO shows and scripts online, the same group has dropped its second trove of purported internal data from the premium network.

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