Hackers release script of Game of Thrones Episode 5, demand ransom

'As we said the forensic review is ongoing. The original version, as it was stolen from HBO's servers, was called "Vivianne Contact list", according to that source.

One of the documents leaked Monday appeared to include a confidential cast list for "Game of Thrones", HBO's wildly popular adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire".

The materials, which mark the first evidence that some HBO private emails are in the hands of hackers, came in an email message to The Hollywood Reporter that also contained nine files with such labels as "Confidential" and "Script GOT7".

The hackers, who illegally broke into HBO's computer networks, claim to have taken 1.5 terabytes of data, including the fourth episode of season seven, which aired in the USA on Sunday, and was released illegally on Friday - days after a script from the newest instalment of the fantasy series was published on the Internet. Additionally, they would only deal directly with HBO CEO Richard Plepler and only send one letter detailing how to pay.

In an unrelated incident, an unreleased Episode 4 of "GoT" Season 7 was leaked online from Star India on August 4, two days before it was to be aired.

Recently, the episode four (The Spoils of War) of Game of Thrones was leaked from one of HBO's global network partners, Star India, which received episodes before they are aired on TV. According to reports, some files have been stolen from HBO and posted online.The hackers were demanding a Bitcoin ransom to prevent further release. While the amount of data is almost seven times that of the 2014 Sony hack, the impact has so far been much less catastrophic. "Our demand is clear and Non-Negotiable: We want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your Data", the letter reads.

'HBO spends $12m for market research and $5m for [Game Of Thrones series seven] advertisements.

Despite this, the network has reiterated that it doesn't believe that its email system as a whole has been compromised. Earlier this year, hackers leaked the entirety of Netflix's new season of Orange Is the New Black more than a month early after the service did not meet their ransom demands.

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