Hackers have demanded millions of dollars from HBO to stop leaks of data they plundered from the network, including scripts from its hit show Game of Thrones.
HBO has suffered a major cyber attack, and the company is asking the hackers to extend the ransom deadline.
According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, HBO termed it as "bug bounty payment", calling it part of a programme where ethical hackers were rewarded for finding technical shortcomings, and bringing them to HBO's attention. HBO is not negotiating with the hackers, and the email was merely an attempt to buy some time, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday citing "a person familiar with the matter".
Antonio Conte: Champions Chelsea must strengthen
He's available, can we get him?' I think Chelsea more often than not have backed their managers and brought in the players needed. I don't see Jesus being as prolific and might have to play out wide with Aguero central, so they will share the City goals.
As for the motive, the email (from hackers) said: "It's just about money".
In a swaggering five-minute video from "Mr Smith" to HBO chief executive Richard Plepler included in the dump, the hackers used white text scrolling on a black background to deliver an ultimatum - pay up within three days or see the group, which claims to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of HBO shows and confidential corporate data, upload entire series and sensitive proprietary files. Leakers gonna leak. Just... please no Game of Thrones spoilers before Sunday night?
The quarter-million offer is peanuts compared to the hackers' original demand: their "six-month salary in Bitcoin", which equals approximately $6 million. It is likely that HBO was trying to not have anything leaked out in public.
Texas Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend - Aug. 11-13
The tax exemption only applies to qualified items that cost less than $100. This discount could possibly save shoppers about $8 on every $100 spent.
In the ransom note sent to HBO, they say "Its [sic] a game for us".
"We also have not been able to put into place the necessary infrastructure to be able to make a large payment in bitcoin, although we are taking steps to do so as you suggested", HBO exec's email. While $250,000 in bitcoin is a lot of money to most people, it isn't almost the amount the hacker originally demanded.
Game Over at Emirate! Arsenal 4-3 Leicester
But as so often happens in the opening round, Arsenal imploded as Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy put Leicester in front. The Gunners controlled possession and poured into the attack against Leicester's backline in the final half-hour.