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"Pay-Up, or We'll Release Game of Thrones" — Hackers Threatening HBO

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The screenshots drew attention to Star India and the broadcast giant later in the evening released a media statement accepting the compromise

The hack comes at a sensitive time for HBO, as its parent Time Warner Inc is waiting for regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October. As expected HBO will deny giving ransom and hackers will leak more episodes of HBO's shows. While HBO had released a statement claiming that they had faced similar issues in the past, and the channel is dealing with the problem accordingly, hackers have risen again.

Now hackers are confirming what data they have and their latest demand will surely give HBO people a nightmare. The dump sits at 3.4 gigabytes of information-a sample of the 1.5 terabytes the hackers claim they have stolen. Back then they had threatened to release more data from the upcoming episodes which they have now proved that they weren't joking about.

While the release of an executive's emails is an escalation of the HBO attack, it doesn't necessarily indicate the hackers have access to widespread company emails, as was the case in the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures.

"HBO spends $12 million for market research and $5 million for [Game of Thrones series seven] advertisements". So consider us another budget for your advertisements'.

HBO spokesperson Jeff Cusson told Wired the leak wasn't entirely unexpected following the system breach, and that the cable network's "forensic review is ongoing".

Additionally, one leaked document allegedly includes the personal information (email addresses and phone numbers) of several Game of Thrones stars, including Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey. "We don't want to endanger HBO's situation nor cause it to lose its reputation", Mr. Smith says in the video.

HBO said it continues to work around the clock with outside cybersecurity firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident - which took the hackers about six months to execute.

A still from Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4 "The Spoils of War".

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