In addition to what appear to be scripts from five "Game of Thrones" episodes, including one upcoming episode, the dump included a month's worth of email apparently from the account of Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming.
Those hackers demanded that HBO pay 6 months of their salary in Bitcoin, and they say they make $12 million to $15 million dollars each year by carrying out data breaches like this and then holding the information they steal ransom.
According to The Verge, the hacker had released a total of 3.4GB of data. The group claimed they have stolen about 1 TB of data from HBO after breaching the network's back in July.
The hackers, who identified themselves using the collective pseudonym "Mr Smith", sent HBO's boss a video on Monday, threatening further disclosures. Beyond those leaked scripts, the reveal contains numerous HBO documents, including emails, job offer letters for several of its top executives, and financial balance sheets.
The unnamed HBO exec told hackers that the company has "been working hard since [July 23] to review all of the material that you have made available to us". The network confirmed that there it launched an ongoing investigation both internally and externally, but the message is clear: This isn't as bad as the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures yet. Just a few days ago, they posted contact details for some Game of Thrones cast members, as well as internal emails belonging to one HBO exec.
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