The Verge reported that draft scripts from five "Game of Thrones" episodes, including one scheduled to air this Sunday, were released in the latest data dump. Also leaked were a month's worth of emails from Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming.
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In its ransom letter, the group claimed that it took six months to breach HBO's security and demanded "our six-month salary in bitcoin," the AP reported, adding that the group claimed to have earned between $12 million and $15 million each year by stealing information and then blackmailing companies. The group redacted the exact amount of money they were demanding in the ransom letter released Monday.
"Our demand is clear and non-negotiable: We want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your data," the ransom note from Mr. Smith said in part, Wired reported. "HBO spends $12 million for market research and $5 million for ('Game of Thrones' season 7) advertisements, so consider us another budget for your advertisements!"
In a statement released to Wired, HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson said that the network continues to investigate the data breach.
“The review to date has not given us a reason to believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised,” he told the news site.
HBO officials acknowledged last week that the company had been targeted by hackers who managed to get “proprietary information.” 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.
In the video letter Monday, the hackers claimed that HBO was the 17th company to be targeted by them and that only three previous targets refused to pay, according to the AP. The group said it spends $500,000 each year to buy exploits that allow them to break into networks before Microsoft and other software companies are aware of the security holes.