HBO ultimately month offered $250,000 to cyber criminals who hacked into its computer approach, asking them to extend a deadline for paying a much larger ransom, be consistent to an email reviewed by Reuters.
«You have the advantage of having surprised us,» a colleague of HBO’s technology team said in the July 27 email. «In the spirit of trained co-operation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week.»
The attack finish a go overed at a sensitive time for HBO: Parent company Time Warner Inc. is seeking regulatory sanction to sell itself to AT&T Inc. in an $85.4-billion deal announced in October.
The note put about that HBO was willing to make the payment «as a show of good faith,» but it stressed time to fund an account for sending payments in bitcoin digital currency or be established account information from the hackers so it could use a conventional bank wire to forward the funds.
The hackers did not respond to a request for comment through the email whereabouts they used to communicate with HBO.
The request prompted an automated retort that provided a link to an image of the July 27 note from HBO.
A person familiar with HBO’s reaction to the attack told Reuters that the company sent the email «as a beating about the bush tactic» and had never intended to make the $250,000 payment or pay the full $6 million the hackers had demanded to consider off going public with data stolen from HBO.
Nonetheless, the email be found lacking to achieve that goal. A few days after HBO sent the note, the hackers submerge b decreased to the media with details of the breach.
They released an extortion note and some sneaked data, including details about an upcoming episode of the network’s in fashion drama Game of Thrones.
Variety magazine earlier reported specifics about the $250,000 offer.