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HBO says internal emails are likely safe from hackers

HBO says internal emails are likely safe from hackers

"HBO was one of our hard targets to deal with but we succeeded (it took about 6 months)", said a video message sent to HBO CEO Richard Plepler. The hackers threatened to leak more content in the days to come too.

Last week, HBO saw hackers announce a 1.5TB trove of cable TV goodies, including a show called Game of Thrones, which seems like an endurance test to us but some people apparently do like it.

The hackers' recent ransom note didn't specify a sum - but the Guardian estimates they're demanding millions of dollars.

HBO for its part haven't confirmed whether the hackers will be paid but HBO spokesperson Jeff Cussons told Wired that the network continues to investigate how the hackers managed to breach its servers.

Although the amount of money wasn't specified, the hackers demanded "our six-month salary in bitcoin", claiming they "earn" $12 million to $15 million a year from blackmailing other organizations they've compromised.

The Reporter wrote the documents included a video letter addressed to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, who was not the executive whose emails were leaked. "In a complicate operation, we successfully penetrated into the HBO", read a garbled statement from the hackers.

'HBO spends $12m for market research and $5m for [Game Of Thrones series seven] advertisements. "So consider us another budget for your advertisements!" the letter, written by a 'Mr.Smith, ' reportedly adds.

Another document taken appears to be the personal contact information for several Game of Thrones actors, including Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Emilia Clark, according to AP.

On Monday, the network said it did not believe its email system in its entirety had been compromised.

The FBI is reportedly working with HBO to determine the extent of the data breach. However, the network admitted that further leaks are likely to follow after the upcoming episodes for the "Game of Thrones" were leaked.


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