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HBO hackers release more stolen data, demand millions in ransom

Hackers who leaked "Game of Thrones" draft scripts, episodes and other stolen data from Time Warner Inc.'s HBO (US) have demanded millions of dollars in ransom to prevent the release of the proprietary information, The Associated Press reported.

In a video from "Mr. Smith" to HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, the hackers demanded "our six-month salary in bitcoin" within three days, or the stolen videos and data will be uploaded. They claim to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of the premium network's shows and confidential corporate information.

The demand comes as the group released a new dump of data that includes, among others, draft scripts from "Game of Thrones" episodes; a confidential list of contact details for the series' actors; network administrator passwords; and emails apparently from the accounts of Plepler and Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming. The documents were marked "HBO is Falling," Wired reported.

HBO, which has confirmed the cyberattack, said it does not believe its email system has been compromised in whole, adding that it continues to probe the incident.

STAR India Pvt. Ltd. also confirmed the leak of an unreleased "Game of Thrones" episode, which happened to be not part of the hacking incident at HBO.