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HBO Offers Hackers $250,000 as 'Show Of Good Faith' on $6 Million Ransom Request
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cybersavior
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cybersavior,
User Rank: Strategist
8/15/2017 | 11:29:09 AM
Dear HBO
"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." 

HBO, you are not in any position of power with these criminals.  Don't negotiate.  Don't capitulate.  Make the call to Mandiant, get the pros in to secure your interests and press on as best you can.  That is all you can do.  Good Faith is not present within the code of thieves.  You're showing both your naivety and that you're a great mark for future profitable attacks.  
jarome
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jarome,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/14/2017 | 9:43:07 AM
Re: "Stalling Tactic"
It is incredible that the administrators on the HBO network still used passwords that dould be stolen. Why aren't they using one-time-password tokens?

HBO deserves what they get.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
8/14/2017 | 6:56:29 AM
"Stalling Tactic"
If you never intended to pay the ransom then why offer such a paltry amount in comparison to the ransom request. Offering 4% could risk angering the hackers and expediting their intended nefarious actions.


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