HBO Refuses to Negotiate with Hackers

After hackers got stole more than 1.5 terabytes of data few days earlier, HBO has revealed that the studio will not negotiate with the hackers. However, recently, the hackers released a screenshot of email from the studio that offered a $250,000 payment. Interestingly, the group of hackers have demanded ‘six month’s salary in bitcoin’ as they claimed they earn more than $15 million per year from different organization.

Despite the claims that the studio has offered payment, now, it seems that HBO will not negotiate with the hackers although several episodes of popular shows have appeared online. In an official statement to Variety, HBO said, “We are not in communication with the hacker and we’re not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released.”

“It has been widely reported that there was a cyber incident at HBO. The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That’s a game we’re not going to participate in. Obviously, no company wants their proprietary information stolen and released on the internet. Transparency with our employees, partners, and the creative talent that works with us has been our focus throughout this incident and will remain our focus as we move forward. This incident has not deterred us from ensuring HBO continues to do what we do best.”

Earlier, HBO commented that the studio is conducting its own review to find out if its entire e-mail system was compromised. However, the studio revealed that it did not find any proof that its entire system was compromised that might have led to the recent hack. In recent months studios in Hollywood have become victims of several attacks as hackers released episodes of several popular Netflix series including Orange is the New Black.

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