The confidential folder offers a screen shot of files that largely pertain to Game of Thrones and include castings, script summaries and marketing materials, including a detailed summary of the episode that is set to air August 13.
In a five-minute video letter from somebody calling themselves "Mr Smith" to HBO chief executive Richard Plepler, the hackers told the company to pay within three days or they would put online the HBO shows and confidential corporate data they claim to have stolen. In exchange, the scripts, video files, and other data won't be published, and HBO series like "Game of Thrones" can unfold without being spoiled for their fans.
Submit your Newswire tips here. So consider us another budget for your advertisements'. "Leakage will be your worst nightmare". The hackers also posted a number of emails from Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming, and other internal communications at HBO.
The hackers also claim it took them six months to break into HBO's network, although the organisation states that while they do not believe their email system as a whole has been compromised, they do acknowledge the theft of "proprietary information". "So make a wise decision!", the letter added. In that attack, hackers possibly associated with North Korea unearthed thousands of embarrassing emails and released personal information, including salaries and social security numbers, of almost 50,000 current and former Sony employees. That amounts to several million dollars by the hackers' reckoning, as they claim to bring in $12 million to $15 million annually from similar blackmailing efforts. The group behind the cyberattack last week released what appeared to be at least one script from "Game of Thrones" and episodes of the networks' "Ballers" and "Room 104" series.
If hackers really have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, they can harm a lot.
"We continue to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident", Cusson said. "It's a game for us". They don't have any political goals, they said, and "money isn't [their] main objective". "We want to be your partner in a tiny part of HBO's huge income". "We don't want to endanger HBO's situation nor cause it to lose its reputation".