Game of Thrones Hits New Record High Viewership Despite Leak

Game of Thrones Hits New Record High Viewership Despite Leak

HBO has offered the hackers threatening to release Games of Thrones episodes and info $250K, and they're calling it a "bounty payment" as they scramble to get the situation under control. Both Varietyand The Hollywood Reporterreport receiving an email from the hackers containing a transcript of a message sent by HBO offering payment.

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".

In that message, an HBO executive reportedly writes, "As a show of good faith on our side, we are willing to commit to making a bug bounty payment of $250,000 to you as soon as we can establish the necessary account and acquire bitcoin".

The email's publication suggests the hackers will only accept the $6 million ransom, banking on the belief that HBO always pays its debts.

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Well, hackers wouldn't have just settled for $250,000 who demanded their six months salary in a video letter that was released by them earlier this week. Scripts from shows such as "Game of Thrones" were leaked online ahead of Sunday's episode.

The hackers claim to have more data, including scripts, upcoming episodes of HBO shows and movies, and information damaging to HBO. While $250,000 in bitcoin is a lot of money to most people, it isn't almost the amount the hacker originally demanded. HBO is not negotiating with the hackers, and the email was merely an attempt to buy some time, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday citing "a person familiar with the matter".

Thus far, companies have largely declined to negotiate with hackers, in part for fear of setting a precedent of paying them off.

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

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