"You have the advantage of having surprised us", the email from the unnamed HBO exec reads. The TV network reportedly wanted to pay $250,000 in bitcoins to the attackers, disguised as a bug bounty reward rather than a ransom.
Thus far, companies have largely declined to negotiate with hackers, in part for fear of setting a precedent of paying them off.
The hack was first mentioned a few days ago, after episode 3 of the seventh Game of Thrones season aired.
The hackers behind HBO's data breach have allegedly leaked an email in which the channel offered them $250,000 as a "bounty payment", according to USA reports including in Variety. The most recent episode of "Game of Thrones" logged a record 10.2 million live viewers, breaking the show's own record.
Last week, more details about the data breach at HBO were revealed.
Unfortunately, Global News couldn't secure its own image of the email, but most sources are reporting that it takes a non-confrontational tone, and opens the negotiation to stop the leaks of valuable information. A hacker or group called "Mr. Smith" claimed responsibility and said they had around 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO.
According to Variety, the message is dated July 27, and offers $250,000 to the hacker. (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).
HBO has suffered a major cyber attack, and the company is asking the hackers to extend the ransom deadline.
"It's just about money", they wrote to The Hollywood Reporter.
HBO may have offered a "bug bounty" to hackers that stole a bunch of its content. We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us.So we have one option.Wait till Sunday.