HBO television group, producers of popular TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, is reported to have offered $250,000 bounty to hackers.
Variety reported on Thursday that HBO offered the payment as a ‘bug bounty’, which is offered by companies to discover vulnerabilities in their computer networks.
It was gathered that this offer, however, failed to satisfy the attackers who have demanded a ransom of millions of dollars and are threatening to release more files from what they claim to be a massive breach.
HBO, a unit of the media group Time Warner, did not respond to a query about the Variety report.
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 months salary’, which, according to the video, would be more than $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.