Leaked email shows HBO negotiating with hackers
Hackers released an email from HBO in which the company
expressed willingness to pay them $250,000 as part of a
negotiation over electronic data swiped from HBO's servers.
The July 27 email was sent by John Beyler, an HBO executive
who thanked the hackers for "making us aware" of previously
unknown security vulnerabilities. The executive asked for a
1-week delay and said HBO was willing to make a "good faith"
payment of $250,000, calling it a "bug bounty" reward for IT
professionals rather than a ransom. HBO declined to comment.
A person close to the investigation confirmed the authenticity
of the email, but said it was an attempt to buy time and
assess the situation. The same hackers have subsequently
released two dumps of HBO material and demanded a
multi-million dollar ransom.
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