Whether or not HBO ever meant to follow through with its $250,000 offer, the email raised questions Friday among security professionals about the importance of the data and whether HBO's reaction might encourage future attacks.
'You have the advantage of having surprised us, ' the message from HBO reads.
The hackers behind HBO's recent data breach have leaked an email in which the US cable channel offered them $250,000 as a 'bounty payment, ' it was reported Thursday.
According to WIRED, the second data dump included a ransom note that claimed Mr. Smith was in possession of 1.5-terabyte worth of internal documents, employment and marketing papers, scripts, and episodes that bears the message: "HBO is falling". The content indicates that HBO offered to make a $250, 000 "bounty payment" as part of a program that rewards "white hat IT professionals" for "bringing these types of things to our attention".
Reuters said it tried emailing the hackers at an address it said it obtained from HBO. "We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us.", the email said. 'In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week'.
The still unidentified hacker released another message to many reporters and media outlets showing an apparent HBO response after it was informed that its server had been penetrated and an enormous amount of data was obtained.
According to the report, the HBO executive wrote that the company had not been able to acquire the amount of Bitcoin, which is almost $6 million, the hackers had demanded.
Variety earlier reported details about the $250,000 offer.
When Netflix refused to pay, the hacker posted a torrent for the episodes to The Pirate Bay. Companies would be better off investing in preventing email spear-fishing attempts and other hacking techniques, he said. "The next company, whether it's Showtime or Death Row Records or whomever, needs to see that they're going to wake up one day to this reality unless they confront it".