HBO exec reportedly offered $250K reward to hackers


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Did a HBO exec offer hackers a “bug bounty” instead of paying a ransom?

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An HBO executive offered the hackers behind its recent breach a $250,000 payment as a “bug bounty,” a leaked email showed.

In the latest development in HBO’s battle against hackers who claim to have 1.5 terabytes of stolen data from the media giant, the cybercriminals leaked an email showing a discussion between an HBO executive and the hackers from July 27, about five days before the breach became public. 

The hackers first contacted HBO with a ransom note on July 23, the email indicated.

HBO’s email carefully is worded to avoid the appearance that the payment is anything other than a reward for discovering vulnerabilities in HBO’s system. The hackers, who posted several of HBO’s…

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