Washington Post (08/08/17) Andrews, Travis M.
A hacker or hackers going by the name “Mr. Smith” dumped a trove of stolen HBO files online Monday, hinting at the extent of the network’s security breach last week. The files include five “Game of Thrones” scripts and a month’s worth of emails from Leslie Cohen, the network’s vice president for film programming. The hackers also demanded a ransom from HBO, threatening to release more of remaining files. The hackers sent HBO’s chief executive Richard Plepler a dramatic video letter showing a scroll unfurling while the “Game of Thrones” score plays, Wired reported. The scroll read, in part, “We successfully breached into your huge network. … HBO was one of our difficult targets to deal with but we succeeded (it took about 6 months),” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The hackers demanded “our 6 month salary in bitcoin,” which appeared to be at least $6 million, the New York Times reported.