By Oluwatobi Opusunju
After releasing personal phone numbers of Game of Thrones actors, emails and scripts material from an unaired episode of the show, the hackers have demanded a ransom of $7.5 million in bitcoin from US television network HBO.
The hackers in a five-minute video note to HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler, gave the company three days to pay up or they would be forced to post the HBO shows and the Company’s corporate confidential data they claim to have stolen online.
“We often launch two major operations in a year and our annual income is about 12-15 million dollars. We are serious enough to do our business.We don’t play with you so, you in return, don’t play with us. You only have 3 days to make a decision so decide wisely,” the note read.
Reportedly the hackers claim to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from the network which include script summaries for the next five episodes of Game of Thrones as well as scripts of other several HBO TV series shows.
However, HBO in a statement said that it doesn’t believe its email system as a whole has been compromised, even though there could be some traces of “proprietary information” theft.
The company said it is continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts to bring this to an end.