The group who announced they hacked HBO last week have leaked new files from the company's servers, via private emails to the press and a website for everyone else.
The new batch of files contains the script of episode 5 of Game of Thrones season 7, content from HBO's email servers, and a copy of the ransom demand the hackers sent to HBO's management.
Last week, HBO suffered two leaks because of hackers. The first one took place last weekend, and hackers leaked the script for episode 4 of Game of Thrones season 7, and upcoming unaired episodes from Ballers and Room 104, two HBO productions.
Later in the week, hackers also leaked the full episode 4 of Game of Thrones season 7, which made its way on video streaming and torrent sites.
HBO acknowledged both incidents but said the two did not appear to be related, as the data from the first leak was stolen from their main computer network, while the second leak was from one of their affiliated distributors in India.
Yesterday, some members of the press received emails from an individual named "Mr. Smith," posing as the hacker group's spokesperson and who revealed the group's newest leak.
Mr. Smith referenced this data dump as the group's second leak, confirming HBO's assumption that the two incidents from last week were not connected, and the group was responsible only for the first.
DataBreaches.net published snippets of the ransom demand the hackers sent to HBO.
The hackers redacted the ransom demand sum themselves in the emails sent to press representatives. The group also tried to distance itself from TheDarkOverlord (TDO), another group that tried and failed to extort Netflix and ABC.
In spite of their attempt, the group's modus operandi is very similar to the way TDO promoted their leaks. Both TDO and Mr. Smith reached out to the press in advance of each leak so journalists could have all the data they need for their articles.
TDO used the same tactic to put pressure and inflict reputational damage on hacked victims who declined to pay or needed more convincing.