The hackers behind HBO's recent data breach have leaked an email in which the U.S. cable channel offered them $250,000 as a 'bounty payment,' it was reported Thursday.
The message from HBO, the Time Warner Inc cable unit that broadcasts 'Game of Thrones,' offers the money as part of a program in which 'white-hat professionals' are rewarded for identifying cyber security flaws, according to Variety.
HBO also requested the hackers to extend a ransom payment deadline by one week.
'You have the advantage of having surprised us,' the message from HBO reads. 'In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week.'
They have threatened to release new data from the reach every Sunday until the sum is paid.
This week, that included the hackers releasing a months worth of emails from HBO's vice president and a synopsis of the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones.
So far the HBO hack data dumps have been limited, falling well short of the chaos inflicted on Sony in 2014.
In that attack, hackers unearthed thousands of embarrassing emails and released personal information, including salaries and social security numbers, of nearly 50,000 current and former Sony employees.
Those behind the HBO hack claim to have more data, including scripts, upcoming episodes of HBO shows and movies, and information damaging to HBO.