HBO Hackers Are Demanding Millions In Bitcoin

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Hackers claiming to have breached HBO were demanding millions of dollars in ransom payments from the television group, while threatening to release more files from what is claimed to be a massive data breach.

In a video directed to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, the hackers - who use the pseudonym "Mr. Smith" - used white text on a black background to threaten further disclosures if HBO doesn't pay up.

HBO has been hacked in the past, with four episodes of GOT season five and several images of Jon Snow's death leaked online. HBO had previously confirmed that they have experienced a "cyber incident" and are working with the authorities and cybersecurity firms.

The website Databreaches.net reported that 10 files were leaked Monday as part of the demand including what may be another script of the popular fantasy series Game of Thrones.

The latest leak includes another half-gigabyte of the total 1.5TB of digital material that hackers stole from HBO. It features snippets of Game of Thrones episodes edited with Vanilla Ice's 1990 hit "Ice Ice Baby".

They demanded their "6-month salary in bitcoin" and claimed they usually made $12 million to $15 million per year from similar hacks, according to the AP, implying a ransom demand of between $6 million and $7.5 million.

The video text was written in often flawed but fluent English peppered with misspellings and pop-culture references. According to the hackers, HBO took six months to hack and it is their "17th target".

The cache also included internal documents, among them an apparent report of legal claims against the network and job offer letters to top executives.

One document released appears to list personal phone numbers and email addresses for cast members Emilia, Lena and Peter Dinklage. In that attack, hackers possibly associated with North Korea unearthed thousands of embarrassing emails and released personal information, including salaries and social security numbers, of almost 50,000 current and former Sony employees.

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