HBO of­fers RM1 mil­lion in ‘bug bounty’

New Straits Times - - World -

WASHINGTON: HBO of­fered a re­ward of US$250,000 (RM1.08 mil­lion) in re­sponse to a data breach at the tele­vi­sion group that pro­duces Game of Thrones, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from a leaked memo.

The re­port by Va­ri­ety on Thurs­day said HBO of­fered the pay­ment as a “bug bounty”, which was of­fered by com­pa­nies to dis­cover vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties in their com­puter net­works.

The of­fer ap­par­ently failed to sat­isfy the at­tack­ers, who have de­manded a ran­som of mil­lions of dol­lars and were threat­en­ing to re­lease more files from what was claimed to be a mas­sive data breach.

HBO, a unit of the me­dia group Time Warner, did not re­spond to a query about the Va­ri­ety re­port.

Ear­lier this week, a video cir­cu­lat­ing on­line au­thored by some­one iden­ti­fied only as “Mr Smith” said the hack­ers had videos, scripts, per­son­nel files and other sen­si­tive data from the breach. The hack­ers de­manded “six-month salary”, which, ac­cord­ing to the video, would be more than US$6 mil­lion.

Last week, the hacker group leaked one script of Games of Thrones and con­tent from other HBO pro­duc­tions. HBO has said it was work­ing with foren­sic ex­perts and law en­force­ment in re­sponse to the at­tack. AFP

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