The people behind the hacking of TV network HBO have released personal details, emails and scripts of some of the actors in hit show Game Of Thrones.
Hackers have reportedly released the personal phone numbers and email addresses of Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke, as well as emails and scripts – and to make matters worse, they’re apparently demanding a multimillion-dollar ransom to prevent them releasing further details from across the network.
According to The Guardian, a five-minute video letter from ‘Mr Smith’ was addressed to HBO chief executive Richard Plepler, with hackers telling the company to pay a sum of money ‘within three days’ or they would release confidential corporate data they claim to have stolen, online.
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HBO said it is investigating and is working with police and cybersecurity experts.
The hackers demanded a ‘six-month salary in bitcoin’, claiming they earn $12m to $15m a year just from blackmailing organisations whose networks they have breached and said they’d ‘only deal directly with Richard’.
Along with the video note, hackers released 3.4GB of files containing technical data detailing HBO’s internal network, administrator passwords, draft scripts from five Game of Thrones episodes, and a month’s worth of emails from HBO’s vice president for film programming.
The hackers have claimed it took them six months to break into the network, and said they spend half a million dollars a year buying so called zero-day exploits that let them break into networks through holes not yet known to Microsoft and other software companies.