Leaked email from HBO hacker shows network offering $250000 boon as 'bug bounty'

The hacker behind a cyberattack opposite US radio network Home Box Office (HBO) was allegedly offering a $250,000 (£192,827, €212,702) boon sheltered as a ‘bug bounty’ reward, according to an email display a examination between a rapist and a comparison record executive.

A screenshot of a conversation, antiquated 27 Jul 2017, was sent to US outlets including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter this week (10 August), with a HBO staffer saying a network had “been operative tough [...] to examination all of a element that we have done accessible to us”.

It was on 31 July, 4 days after a correspondence, that HBO first confirmed it had been strike with a supposed “cyber incident”. Later, element was posted to a (now defunct) website that enclosed unaired episodes of Ballers and scripts for Game Of Thrones.

The picture of a leaked email suggests that negotiations have been ongoing for some time, with a network attempting to check a recover of a content.

“In a suggestion of veteran cooperation, we are seeking we to extend your deadline for one week,” a email stated, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“As a uncover of good faith on a side, we are peaceful to dedicate to creation a bug annuity remuneration of $250,000 to we as shortly as we can settle a required comment and acquire bitcoin,” it added, referencing a form of prerogative typically supposing to legitimate researchers.

“We also have not been means to put into place a required infrastructure to be means to make a vast remuneration in bitcoin, nonetheless we are holding stairs to do so,” a exec allegedly added. At a time of writing, it stays misleading if any cryptocurrency was ever transferred.

One inside source told Variety that a email was “worded that approach to case for time” as a network scrambled to know accurately what had been compromised. The email was sent underneath a name ‘Mr Smith’, a same pseudonym a hacker used in prior messages.

On Tuesday 8 August, it emerged that a hacker had sent a video summary to HBO’s arch executive, Richard Plepler, perfectionist millions of dollars in ransom. The law-breaker after expelled 3.4GB of files that reportedly enclosed a month’s value of association emails.

Within a leaked files, one request was pronounced to enclose a phone numbers and home addresses of mixed members of a Game Of Thrones deteriorate 7 cast. In prior statements to a press, Plepler has played down a range of a attack and a avowal of emails.

He said: “Any penetration of this inlet is apparently disruptive, unsettling, and unfortunate for all of us.

“I can assure we that a comparison care and a unusual record team, along with outward experts, are operative turn a time to strengthen a common interests. The problem before us is unfortunately all too informed in a universe we now find ourselves a partial of.”

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