For the hackers who stole scripts, hbo shows and employee information sometime last month, HBO appears to have tried to pay off. From the hackers received an email containing a message sent by HBO offering payment, both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter report.
HBO offered $250,000 Bug Bounty Payment for hackers:
“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,” an HBO employee reportedly writes in that message.
To both publications, the HBO declined to the comment, but Variety says it was able to confirm that the email was real.
The email may have a stalling tactic, various means and as the email had sent in late July before HBO had fully assessed the extent of the hack. Is the HBO actually would have gone through with the paying the hacker. That has still unclear, but it has still surprising even to see the offer that had made.
Thus far, with hackers, companies have largely declined to negotiate in part for fear of setting a precedent of paying them off. It has unusual to see such a huge corporation engaging with a hacker at all while the HBO may have had no intention of paying.
The hackers seem to either have to look for substantially more or only to embarrass HBO, and evidently, the payment has never made. From the hackers, it received an email a week ago saying that “it is just about money. They broke their promises and wanted to play with us but with the HBO officials, we have weeks of negotiations.
Two days ago, the hackers last released HBO data when they published the home addresses and phone number belonging to some Game of Thrones stars.