“This episode of the HBO hack is turning out to be a ‘Game of Thorns’ for HBO. As far back as July 27, HBO got into a negotiation with the hackers, it appears,” said Ankush Johar, Director, BugsBounty.com, in a statement.
“There is a possibility that HBO’s pre-emptive bug bounty programme may have yielded a better security posture for them, avoiding this situation altogether,” he added.
Earlier this week, hackers leaked the script of Episode 5 of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 that was set to be aired on August 13, along with a note demanding ransom from the US-based television network.
The hacked material also contains “countless” HBO internal documents, including a month’s worth of a top executive’s emails, financial balance sheets, employment agreements and marketing-strategy PDFs.
With IANS inputs