Game of Thrones hackers now demand ransom

Group posts a fresh batch of HBO files online, demand HBO pay $6 million to prevent any more leaks

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Game of Thrones hackers now demand ransom The future of the popular Game of Thrones franchise is in jeopardy as hackers demand millions in ransomware.
By  David Ndichu Published  August 8, 2017

Attackers who hacked into HBO and stole episodes of Game of Thrones are demanding that the network pay ransom of several millions dollars, the New York Times has reported, quoting AP.

HBO was the victim of a major cyber-hack last week where attackers accessed and leaked the script of the following week’s Game of Thrones (GoT) episode.

Going under the name of “Mr Smith”, the hackers posted a fresh batch of HBO files online and demanded that HBO pay $6 million to prevent any more leaks. The dump, according to the New York Times include what appears to be scripts from five Game of Thrones episodes and a one month’s emails from HBO’s VP for film programming Leslie Cohen.

“Mr Smith” claims to have more data including scripts, coming episodes of other HBO shows and movies, and information that could prove damaging to HBO.

Game of Thrones, in its penultimate season, is one of the most popular shows on TV and the biggest title on HBO.

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