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Hacker Leaks 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Episodes, Other HBO Series

Hacker Leaks 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Episodes, Other HBO Series

"We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us.", the email said. But rather than offering up the sum as a ransom payment, HBO refers to the money as a "bug bounty payment".

The network acknowledged the hack in late July, and the thieves have been dribbling out stolen video and documents since then while demanding a multimillion-dollar ransom.

The message also asks the hackers to extend a ransom deadline for one week in order for the network to secure and transfer the requested bitcoin payment.

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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".

HBO, a unit of the media group Time Warner, did not respond to a query about the Variety report.

In the breach, which became public July 31, hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of programming and internal communications. Beyler's email, sent several days earlier, might have been an attempt to make the problem go away without too much bad publicity for HBO, said Sanjay Goel, a professor at the University at Albany and chairman of its information technology management department. The Hollywood Reporter says it received an email from the hackers a week ago saying that "it's just about money". "That's a very, very small amount in these kinds of negotiations". They have since posted scripts from several "Game of Thrones" episodes, including one that was unreleased, episodes of "Ballers" and "Room 104", and a month's worth of emails appearing to be from Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming.

But paying ransoms to hackers can be unsafe because it shows that being a bad-guy hacker is a good business, said cybersecurity expert Oren Falkowitz, chief executive of Redwood City, California-based Area 1 Security.