'Mr Smith' hackers demand $6m in 'Game of Thrones' ransom

HBO hackers threaten to leak more GoT material, demand money

The hackers demanded "our six-month salary in bitcoin", claiming they earn $12m to $15m a year from blackmailing organisations whose networks they have breached.

Hackers allegedly stole 1.5 terabytes of data and leaked a script online for an upcoming episode of the popular television series Game of Thrones.

Hackers behind the hack of HBO release what appears to be emails from an HBO executive's inbox.

The material also contained nine files with such labels as "Confidential" and "Script GOT7". "HBO was one of our hard targets to deal with but we succeeded (it took about 6 months)".

HBO's chief said on Wednesday that the company is conducting a forensic review of its computer systems to better understand the scope of a cyber attack that surfaced over the weekend.

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One of the leaked documents is said to contain a list of personal phone numbers, email addresses, and home address of all Game of Thrones season 7 stars, including the main cast members like Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, and Lena Headey.

The network said on Monday that it still doesn't believe that its email system as a whole has been compromised.

As reported by The Guardian, HBO is now working with cybersecurity experts and the authorities as it continues to investigate the ongoing situation in which the hackers claim to have stolen 1.5TB of data from the network.

In a rambling letter published as a scrolling video set to the Game of Thrones score, the hackers have reproduced an ultimatum that they imply they've sent to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, demanding an amount of money (redacted from the published version of the letter) as ransom for the stolen data, which they'll otherwise continue to leak. Meanwhile, our dedicated employees continue to focus on delivering the high quality of entertainment and service for which we are known.

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