One week after the 1.5 TB Game of Thrones data which consisted of scripts and spoilers were leaked over the Internet, the people who were responsible for that spoke up.
The last leak included the scripts of the first four episodes of Game of Thrones, the script of the fifth episode, all of those watermarked with the motto of the hackers, “HBO is falling”. The leak also contains countless HBO internal documents, balance sheets, marketing campaign analysis, employment agreements etc.
The hackers have now revealed their motive, extortion. In a letter published as a video, giving an ultimatum to the HBO CEO, Richard Pleper demanding an amount of money as ransom for the stolen data. The added that if the demands are not met, they will continue to leak the data.
The letter reads,
“Our demand is clear and Non-Negotiable: We want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your Data, HBO spends 12 million for Market Research and 5 million for Game of Thrones 7 advertisements. So consider us another budget for your advertisements!”
The note is written by a Mr. Smith, says that the deadline for payment of ransom is three days after the letter was sent.
Much of the rest of the letter talks about the various ways HBO could suffer from the full leak, from upsetting fans to informing competitors. “Leakage will be your worst nightmare,” the note reads. “So make a wise decision!” It ends with an image of the “Night King” villain from Game of Thrones with his arms raised, the word “standing” in one hand and “falling” in the other.
The hackers have also added a screenshot of a file directory containing folders that house more than a dozen HBO shows including Room 104, Insecure season 2, an untitled show by Silicon Valley director Mike Judge, and Curb Your Enthusiasm season 9.
“We continue to work around the clock with outside cyber security firms and law enforcement to resolve the incident,” Cusson, the spokesperson at HBO said in an interview to a magazine.