Hackers demand Bitcoins for Game of Thrones episodes

HBO hackers demand millions Bitcoins for stolen Game of Thrones episodes
09 August 2017   735

HBO, an American premium cable and satellite television network, was hacked last week.

The hackers claim to have 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO, including scripts, unaired episodes of Game of Thrones, one of the most popular fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and confidential company documents.

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At first, the unknown hacker group posted around half a gigabyte of unreleased HBO shows and scripts online.

Now only does the latest leak include scripts for the first five episodes of the current series of Game of Thrones (the fifth of which isn’t aired until August 13). On top of that, here are thousands of emails, financial documents and strategy guidelines. One folder appears to contain legal documents, budgets and phone numbers and email addresses of top HBO executives and actors (including Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke).

In a complicate operation, we successfully penetrated into the HBO.

The hackers' team

The hackers also encourage people to “Download the leak. Enjoy & spread it” and conclude with an ominous “To be continued...” warning. unfortunately for the company, most of the users did not miss such an opportunity:

To stop the leaks, the hackers demand their "6 month salary in Bitcoin”, which they implied is at least $6 million.

Ethereum Scaling Solution Raiden to Launch Last Testnet

As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second
20 July 2018   133

On Thursday, July 19, at the Dappcon developer conference in Berlin, the last test network of Raiden for the Ethereum blockchain was launched, CoinDesk reports.

The release includes a minimal implementation of the scaling solution, which will allow the transfer of Ethereum tokens outside of the main blockchain. This is the last test phase before the introduction of technology into the core network of Ethereum.

It's the first step towards going to the mainnet. We really want people to really test this so we have a user interface, we have an API and we've created an open Github for everything they could find, so if we go hopefully bug-free on the mainnet.

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

According to him, the new release represents an early implementation for the core network and contains a new rewritten code of smart contracts and payment channels that can be restored in case of unintended closure.

Also, Karapetsas urged developers to join the test network to help detect possible bugs, adding that a bounty program will be launched to encourage this activity.

The release date for the main network has not yet been assigned, but the developers intend to follow this earlier promise and launch Raiden this summer.

Karapetsas also promised to publish regular updates and code optimizations after the full release, adding that Raiden will complement other Ethereum scaling solutions that are currently being developed.

Raiden is essentially the payment channel network for ethereum, it's supposed to help us scale token transfers. The long term goal would be to have people use Raiden from a mobile device and be able to make off-chain token transfers just from their phone. That would be the long term vision, it would probably work in combination with various scaling solutions, sharding, plasma, a sort of hybrid.

Lefteris Karapetsas

Core Developer, Raiden

Raiden is developing from the 2015 and is written mostly on Python. The project is much like the Lightning Network. As noted by the developers, after implementing the new solution, the Ethereum network will be able to provide more than a million transactions per second.