HBO Offers Hacker Group $250,000 ‘Bounty Payment’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — HBO has suffered a major cyber attack, and the company is asking the hackers to extend the ransom deadline.

As a show of good faith, HBO offered to make a bug bounty payment.

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety both obtained a copy of a message from HBO on Aug. 10, that was sent to the anonymous hacker back in July.

It showed negotiations over a ransom, with a senior vice president of HBO offering a bounty payment of $250,000 in bitcoin as part of a company program to reward IT professionals for discovering security weaknesses.

The sum is well short of the request made in a video letter by the hacker, who demanded roughly $7 million for not leaking the stolen content.

Last week, more details about the data breach at HBO were revealed.

A hacker or a group of hackers called “Mr. Smith” claimed responsibility for the cyberattack and said they had about 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO.