Hackers of U.S. entertainment company HBO - who have released personal phone numbers of Game of Thrones actors, emails and scripts, in the latest dump of data stolen from the company - are demanding a multimillion-dollar ransom to prevent the release of whole TV shows and further emails.
Included in the data dump are what appears to be scripts that belong to five episodes of the hit show Game of Thrones and another for an upcoming episode of the series.
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The latest tranche allegedly contains half a gigabyte of data including scripts from the already-aired four episodes in the latest GOT season plus that of the yet-to-air fifth episode, all watermarked with "HBO is Falling".
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Hackers who claim to have accessed HBO seem to be upping the ante. Mr. Smith also claims to have some information that can damage the network's image. They also claim they needed six months to break into HBO's network. While the original ransom amount was redacted from the letter, the hackers claim they earn between United States dollars 12 million and 15 million in a year, placing their ransom demands around USD 9-10 million.
HBO's chief said on Wednesday that the company is conducting a forensic review of its computer systems to better understand the scope of a cyber attack that surfaced over the weekend. As expected HBO will deny giving ransom and hackers will leak more episodes of HBO's shows. "So consider us another budget for your advertisements!"
HBO released a statement on Monday indicating that the company does not believe its entire internal email system has been compromised.