HBO pays hacker ‘reward’

The hackers behind HBO’s data breach have allegedly leaked an email in which the channel offered them $250,000 as a “bounty payment,” according to US reports including in Variety. The message from HBO says the money is part of what it terms a reward scheme for “white-hat professionals” who identify cyber security flaws.#
The email was worded in a way that would allow HBO to stall for time while it assessed the situation, Variety reported, citing an HBO source. HBO also requested the hackers to extend a ransom payment deadline by one week. It was reported earlier this week that hackers had posted some stolen HBO files online, demanding a bitcoin ransom to prevent additional releases.
HBO parent Time Warner is awaiting regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T for $85.4 billion.

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