HBO offers hackers $250,000 in Bitcoin for stolen Game of Thrones scripts
11 August 2017
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.
HBO hackers ransom note
To stop the leaks, the hackers demanded their “6 month salary in Bitcoin”, which they implied is at least $6 million.
Now, Bitcoin-extortioners have leaked a screenshot of an email that shows a senior VP for the network offering the hackers $250,000 as a "bug bounty payment."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the email dated July 27th indicates a negotiation going on between the network and the hackers. But the HBO executive's missive to the hackers is carefully worded and avoids language that would be construed as paying off the hackers and instead is framed as an offer for a reward for discovering vulnerabilities in HBO's system.
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.
The HBO executive
It is unclear if the HBO email is authentic or if it has been doctored in any way.
We also have not been able to put into place the necessary infrastructure to be able to make a large payment in bitcoin, although we are taking steps to do so as you suggested.
The HBO executive
The Hollywood Reporter claims, on August 3rd,the hackers sent an email to THR, indicating their motive: "It's just about money. We have weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, but they broke their promises and want to play with us...".
Check these cool new ICOs: Modex, Coin Analyst, eLYQD, BitNautic, Pool of Stake, Tachain and Solidfied
23 September 2018
Every week we find a large number of projects which are holding Initial Coin Offerings in order to be able to bring their incredible ideas to life. There are a lot of news regarding ICO and cryptocurrency, and we do our best to report about the updates released, or the crypto conferences held all over the world. And now it’s time to look at the ICO market! In a list below you will find our reviews of the projects we consider worth looking at this week. As you already know, Hype.Codes team is working hard to deliver all top-notch ICO news!
Modex has built a Smart Contract Marketplace and a Blockchain Developer Tools Platform. Modex aims to become the go to place for developers looking to monetize their blockchain programming skills and increase their revenue, as well as companies in need of blockchain development services and ready-to-buy smart contracts.
CoinAnalyst is an information and analysis platform for all cryptocurrencies and ICOs worldwide. Purchase and sale decisions can be made on the basis of valid data and intelligent analyses. This enables the user to identify opportunities and risks and react promptly and proactively to price fluctuations. The application thus creates a high degree of transparency when it comes to operating in this new and volatile market.
One of the main features of eLYQD is the use of blockchain technology, which allows making the platform transparent, open and as safe as possible for both transaction parties, reduction of transaction and business costs, and simplifying of the purchase process.
BitNautic is a decentralized platform, based on the Ethereum Blockchain, for matching demand and supply of shipping services, for all the industry stakeholders: producers of goods, ship owners, charterers, brokers, importers and exporters. BitNautic comes with distinctive features like AI (Artificial Intelligence) based booking system, a real-time tracking of ships and cargo, and a wholesale e-commerce platform.
Qtum, Stratis, Universa and soon Ethereum holders can unite in the Pool of Stake and start staking together. Pool of Stake aims to operate in all types of PoS blockchains- Smart Contract platforms or blockchains with a delegated mechanism. The main goal for Pool of Stake is to increase the profits for small stakers by enabling a trusted environment to pool funds together. For this purpose, two ERC-20 tokens are used. First, the PSK token that gives discounts an rewards withdrawal fees. Second, an IOU token that acknowledges the user’s investment. The PSK platform will provide an analytics tool via a smart i.o. database that will allow members to track, control and optimize their investments. In this white paper, we explain the implementation of Pool of Stake and its services. We elaborate the governance vision which will be developed in the coming months to ensure that the PSK community remains.
Tachain provides comprehensive ad targeting system for advertisers while maintaining full security and effectiveness of a full scale transportation app. With our functionalities in play, we are in a position to steer toward our mission of providing a valid and secure blockchain based service full of fun and joy to our users.
The future will be built on smart contracts. Smart contracts are only as secure as the code they are written in. As they are immutable after release, they need reliable security due diligence to earn companies and users trust and value. With 200+ code experts and 400k ETH of market cap. secured, Solidified is the market leader in smart contract security already. We know the market and its bugs. It's still fully centralized which allows for fraud and hacks and bad or lazy work hardly has consequences for the auditor. We can fix this. Introducing the first decentralized audit system & Bug Prediction Market! Actors can stake on whether a vulnerability will be discovered in a smart contract by a certain date. The basis for such a market is a smart contract that has been audited and secured by an individual or a group of auditors using the Solidified platform. These actors are held accountable for securing the code by having staked income and reputation in the form of the Solid Token.
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