Hackers who have leaked scripts and an episode from hit HBO show GAME OF THRONES (GoT) have reportedly demanded a ransom.
The hackers, who illegally broke into HBO’s computer networks, claim to have taken 1.5 terabytes of data, including the fourth episode of season seven, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday (06Aug17), and was released illegally on Friday (04Aug17), days after a script from the newest instalment of the fantasy series was published on the Internet.
In a new dump, the script for the yet to be aired fifth episode was published, as well as legal information, employment agreements and other company files.
According to editors at Wired magazine, the ransom note featured in a video containing scrolling text, set to a GoT score, which was addressed to HBO chief executive officer Richard Plepler.
“Our demand is clear and non-negotiable: we want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your data,” the redacted note reads, reports the news outlet. “HBO spends $12 million (£9.2 million) for market research and $5 million (£3.8 million) for (GoT series seven) advertisements. So consider us another budget for your advertisements.”
The note reportedly ended with an image of GoT villain the Night King with his arms raised, the word “standing” in one hand and “falling” in the other. It was reportedly signed: “Mr Smith”.
The demand, which is not dated, gives HBO a deadline of three days to make the payment in order to stem the release of the stolen documents, some of which reportedly contain personal contact information for Game of Thrones actors.
HBO bosses have called in the FBI to investigate the security breach.