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HBO Data Dumped, Hackers Demand Millions

Attackers who reportedly stole 1.5TB of data from HBO release a second data dump and demand millions in ransom.

Hackers behind the recent HBO data breach have dumped a second collection of stolen files and demanded millions in ransom, reports the Associated Press. The group released a video to HBO CEO Richard Plepler telling him to pay within three days or it will continue to upload sensitive information.

Its latest dump was 3.4GB and includes mostly technical data, which illustrates the topography of HBO's network and lists network-administrator passwords, the report continues. Many documents released were labeled "confidential" and include job offer letters, presentations of future technology projects, and thousands of emails allegedly belonging to Plepler.

The group claims to have 1.5TB of data including confidential corporate documents, proprietary information, and full series of popular shows like Game of Thrones. It has demanded HBO pay its 6-month salary in bitcoin and report annual earnings between $12 million and $15 million.

It took about six months to breach HBO's network, the hackers say in the video. The group spent a half-million dollars per year to buy zero-day exploits enabling them to break into corporate networks; HBO is its 17th victim and only three previous targets did not pay.

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