HBO Offers Hackers $250,000 as 'Show Of Good Faith' on $6M Ransom Request
HBO offered to pay cyber attackers $250,000 on a $6 million ransom demand, but the attackers failed to rise to the bait, according to a Reuters report.
The entertainment giant, as part of a stalling tactic, sent an email to the attackers asking them to delay the release of its proprietary content by one week, according to Reuters. The attackers, however, dumped 3.4GB of HBO data days after the entertainment titan sent its offer via email.
The July 27 email, according to Reuters, stated: "You have the advantage of having surprised us…In the spirit of professional corporation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week."