HBO is Insecure in the hands of anonymous hacker
“We are not in communication with the hacker and we’re not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released,” the network claimed after Sunday’s leak, according to Variety. “The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That’s a game we’re not going to participate in.”
But last Thursday it became apparent HBO was indeed communicating with the anonymous perpetrator, as the emails in question were contained in the information leaked. In the message made public, a “bounty payment” offer of $250,000 worth of decentralized digital money bitcoin was made by HBO. Since the offer was made on July 27th, the volatile, surging currency has appreciated over 35%.
Although the anonymous hacker has demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom, it’s reported the incident has yet to reach the severity of the 2014 Sony Pictures hack. Internal HBO documents and proprietary information is one thing – just wait till they start leaking unaired episodes of Game of Thrones.