Hackers Demand Millions of Dollars in Ransom for Stolen HBO Data and Videos

The group is threatening to release forthcoming episodes of HBO shows unless the network pays millions of dollars within three days.

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A group of hackers posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday, and demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom from the network to prevent the release of entire television series and other sensitive proprietary files. HBO, which had previously acknowledged the theft of “proprietary information,” said it’s continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts. In a swaggering five-minute video from “Mr. Smith” to HBO CEO Richard Plepler included in the dump, the hackers…

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