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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