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Game of Thrones hackers demand ransom

Hackers who have leaked Game of Thrones scripts and other data from entertainment company HBO have released a note demanding a ransom payment.

Hackers of US television network HBO have released personal phone numbers and details of Game of Thrones actors, emails and scripts in the latest dump of data stolen from the company, and are demanding a multimillion-dollar ransom to prevent the release of whole TV shows and further emails. In a new dump, they also published a script for the as yet unbroadcast fifth episode of the current series.

Company documents and video episodes of other HBO shows were also shared. The hackers claim to have 1.5TB of data in total, but HBO has said it does not believe its email system has been compromised.

According to the Wired news site, documents in the latest leak were marked “HBO is falling”, and included legal information, employment agreements and other company files. The Associated Press reports that some documents appeared to contain personal contact information for Game of Thrones actors.

The ransom note featured in a video containing scrolling text, addressed to HBO chief executive Richard Plepler. However, the hackers have not made public how much they want.

“Our demand is clear and non-negotiable: we want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your data,” the redacted note reads.

“HBO spends $12m for market research and $5m for [Game of Thrones series seven] advertisements. So consider us another budget for your advertisements.”

It was signed: “Mr Smith”.

Although the note is not dated, it gives HBO a deadline of three days to make the payment. The network has said it continues to investigate the incident.

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