HBO has offered a group that stole 1.5 terabytes of data, including unaired Game of Thrones episodes, a $250,000 "bug bounty" in place of the multi-million ransom they demanded, emails newly released by the hackers show.
On Thursday night, Variety along with other publications claimed to have obtained a message by the anonymous HBO hacker regarding an offer made by HBO to make the hacker go away.
HBO has suffered a major cyber attack, and the company is asking the hackers to extend the ransom deadline.
In that message, an HBO executive reportedly writes, "As a show of good faith on our side, we are willing to commit to making a bug bounty payment of $250,000 to you as soon as we can establish the necessary account and acquire bitcoin".
But a source close to the situation told CNBC that this email was merely a "delay tactic" and said HBO is having no communication with the hackers now.
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Their biggest threat appears to be dumping videos of future shows online with their logo "HBO Is Falling" superimposed.
The first incident of the hacking came over a week ago when the fourth episode of the current series of Game of Thrones was leaked on Reddit days before its Monday broadcast. It is likely that HBO was trying to not have anything leaked out in public.
HBO declined to comment when contacted by CNBC.
The $250K is just a fraction of "six months salary" request the hacker originally asked for, so who knows what they're going to do. "We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us...", they said.
Earlier this week, the HBO hackers released phone numbers and email addresses of Game of Thrones cast members, as part of a 3.4GB data dump.