Hackers who leaked a trove of “Game of
Thrones” episodes have threatened to leak
footage – and the personal contact details of
the show’s stars – unless they are paid a
The anonymous group demanded around $7
million (£5.4 million) to stop them posting
the information publicly.
They claim to have personal phone
numbers and email addresses for Emilia
Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey, as
well as more as-yet unreleased footage
from the HBO series.
The threat was posted as alongside a 3.4 GB
cache of other data allegedly stolen from
According to a report by the Associated
Press, it contains:
A detailed summary of an upcoming
One month’s of email from the inbox
of an HBO executive.
A screenshot of folders, with labels
like “Budgets,” “Legal,” and
“Licensing & Retail.”
Documents containing the phone
numbers and email addresses for
The demands came in the form of a five-
minute video addressed to HBO CEO
Richard Plepler from a “Mr. Smith,”
outlining the group’s latest demands.
According to WIRED, the video is set to the
“Game of Thrones” theme music.
According to the AP, the letter was written
in English “peppered with misspellings and
The hackers said it took them six months to
penetrate HBO’s network, and phrased
their demand for cash in terms of a “salary”
for their efforts.
The video said they want their “6-month
salary in bitcoin.” The hackers said they
usually make $12 million to $15 million a
year from blackmail such as this. At that
rate, six months of money would be
between $6 million and $7.5 million.
The hackers gave HBO three days to deliver
the payment, although their letter was not
dated, the BBC noted.
On July 31, the group claimed to possess a
total of 1.5 terabytes (1,500 GB) of data
from the TV network.