Hackers Demand Millions In Bitcoin For Stolen “Game of Thrones” Scripts

Hackers Demand Millions In Bitcoin For Stolen “Game of Thrones” Scripts

Hackers under the name “Mr. Smith” have reportedly posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files this Monday, demanding a ransom of several million dollars to prevent further leaks.

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Hackers under the name “Mr. Smith” have reportedly posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files this Monday, demanding a ransom of several million dollars to prevent further leaks.

The data release included scripts from five “Game of Thrones” episodes, plus one upcoming episode, and emails from the account of HBO`s vice president for film programming, Leslie Cohen, as CNBC (cnbc.com) reported.

HBO said that it is working with cybersecurity experts and the police to resolve the problem. The network added that it is not plausible that their email system has been hacked.

This is not the first data dump harming the interests of big companies. Sony suffered from a similar hacker attack in 2014, when hackers released thousands of embarrassing emails and personal information of almost 50,000 current and former Sony employees.

HBO has so far managed to limit the leaks, but those behind the theft claim to have more data, including scripts of coming episodes, and damaging information to the network, as New York Times (nytimes.com) elaborated in a report.

In a video sent to HBO`s chief executive, Richard Plepler, “Mr. Smith” threatened to release more files if HBO did not pay a ransom in bitcoin. The hackers are said to demand at least $6 million in bitcoin, or the executives “6-month salary in bitcoin”, according to reports.

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