HBO playing hard ball as hackers leak more show episodesBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 14 August 2017 | Categories: news
Last week, news surfaced that HBO had offered up a "bug bounty payment" to hackers that leaked an unseen episode of Game of Thrones. With the US network yet to acquiesce to the hacking group's demands, several more episodes have suffered a similar fate to Game of Thrones, as the hackers look for a large payout. HBO, however, shows no signs of switching on its policy.
In the most recent leak from hacker/hackers, unaired episodes of popular shows Ballers and Insecure were made public, along with content for forthcoming series' Barry and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Added to this was an archive of emails from HBO's VP Leslie Cohen.
In a statement to Variety, HBO noted that, "We are not in communication with the hacker and we're not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released."
Adding, "The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That's a game we're not going to participate in. (...) This incident has not deterred us from ensuring HBO continues to do what we do best."
With the hacker/hackers reportedly having close to 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, and demanding six months worth of salary in Bitcoin as payment, it should be interesting to see whether HBO's will bends or breaks.
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