Last month, the HBO hackers claimed that, they’ve stole around 1.5TB of data from HBO which includes the upcoming episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104” and a script of 4th episode of “Game of Thrones – Season 7“.
And in one week, hackers published some information as a sample of around half of gigabyte which includes company’s emails, financial balance sheets etc and demanding a ransom of nearly $6Mi (6 Million Dollars) in one of the popular currency i.e. in Bitcoins.
Though HBO has confirmed this cyber attack and released a statement that-
“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information. We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”
And now one of the HBO executive released one statement that –
“You have the advantage of having surprised us. In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week,” the HBO executive reportedly writes in the email. 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, or we can wire the funds as soon as you give us the account information.”
It means, HBO is now ready to give the ransom amount of $250,000 instead of $6 million which means alot for hackers but this proposal apparently failed to satisfy the demands of Black Hat Hackers, and they have threatened to release more files every sunday until the ransom is fully paid.
According to Dark Reading, the latest dump was of size 3.4GB and includes the crucial technical data, N/W administrator passwords, job offer letters, presentations and thousands of emails belonging to plepler.
“It took about six months to breach HBO’s network”, the hackers say in a video.
The group spent a half-million dollars per year to buy zero-day exploits enabling them to break into corporate networks.
— Paul Viollis (@paulviollis) August 11, 2017
In 2014, Same attack was happened with SONY company where hackers possibly associated with North Korea and published so much amount of information which includes thousands of confidential emails, personal information, salary slips and SSN numbers.
If hackers have held on 1.5TB of HBO data and the company refuses to pay the ransom, you should expect more leaks of upcoming episodes from your favorite shows but still it is not clear that who is behind this HBO hack.