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Here's the latest twist in the HBO hacker/Game of Thrones leaking saga

12 August 2017, 04:40 | Ross Houston

HBO hackers leak personal details of 'Game of Thrones' cast demand millions in ransom note

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While HBO may have had no intention of paying, it's unusual to see such a huge corporation engaging with a hacker at all.

They felt the offer of $250,000 was generous and enough to keep the hacker off their back and to stop any further leaks from happening.

The hack was first mentioned a few days ago, after episode 3 of the seventh Game of Thrones season aired. The most recent episode of "Game of Thrones" logged a record 10.2 million live viewers, breaking the show's own record.

The hackers claimed it took them about six months to breach HBO's network.

But the negotiations with HBO aren't going well, a new report explains.

The message from the HBO exec is dated July 27 and mentions a "bug bounty" program probably to appease hackers who have called themselves white hat hackers. (It is also important to point out that HBO doesn't care about demo ratings like other networks, because they aren't ad-supported and run off subscription fees).

The payment was suggested in an email which was leaked by the hackers as "a show of good faith", according to Variety.

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The unnamed HBO exec told hackers that the company has "been working hard since [July 23] to review all of the material that you have made available to us".

As of this writing, the email screen grab is the latest move on the part of the hackers.

"It's just about money", they wrote to The Hollywood Reporter.

In the ransom note sent to HBO, they say "Its [sic] a game for us".

It's unclear whether HBO was really willing to pay the ransom, or whether the company was simply trying to stall as the investigation got under way.

The hackers, who claim to make $12-15 million a year, claim to have more data, including scripts, upcoming episodes of HBO shows and movies, and information damaging to HBO.

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