HBO is falling, say HBO hackers Image: Twitter
In a fresh onslaught on HBO, hackers have leaked the script of Episode 5 of Game of Thrones Season 7 that is set to be aired on August 13 (Sunday), along with a note demanding ransom from the US-based television network. According to reports, the leaked material also contains "countless" HBO internal documents, including a month's worth of a top executive's emails, financial balance sheets, employment agreements and marketing-strategy PDFs, said a report in The Wired on Tuesday.
The hackers reportedly said they have sent an ultimatum to HBO president and CEO Richard Plepler and demanded "six month salary in bitcoin," which is nearly $6 million, as ransom for the stolen data, which they will otherwise continue to leak.
"Our demand is clear and Non-Negotiable: We want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your Data. HBO spends $12 million for Market Research and $5 million for GOT 7 advertisements. So consider us another budget for your advertisements!" the hackers' letter read. "Leakage will be your worst nightmare. So make a wise decision!", they added.
The latest leak includes another half-gigabyte of the total 1.5TB of digital material that hackers stole from HBO. "This round includes scripts for the first four episodes of the current Game of Thrones season, as well as the script of the yet-to-air fifth episode, all watermarked with the hackers' motto, 'HBO is Falling'," the report said.
Interestingly, the letter ends with an image of the Night King from GoT with his arms raised and the word "standing" in one hand and "falling" in the other. "It's a game for us. Money isn't our main purpose. We don't want to endanger HBO's situation nor cause it to lose its reputation. We want to be your partner in a tiny part of HBO's huge income," the hackers were quoted as saying.
(Inputs from IANS)