The HBO hacker is at it again. Just over a week ago, a hacker (or hackers) leaked the script for adventure four of the latest seasons of Game of Thrones — and the cast’s claimed phone numbers in the process. Today, he was at it again, aperture an email from HBO admiral alms $250,000 as part of its bug bounty program.

Bug bounty programs are about cash rewards offered to ethical hackers who point out aegis flaws in accumulated systems. This hacker, however, exploited the flaw in an attack to administer damage to HBO. It’s analytical the arrangement would offer him anything.

According to a source we spoke with who is accustomed with the matter, the move seems to be a ploy to buy time while HBO assesses the damage. But you have to wonder if the arrangement is alms the sum to avoid a bigger disaster, the kind of leak that bedeviled companies like Sony in years past.

This “bounty,” after all, reeks of a ransom, not a reward.

Regardless, the sum falls well short of the “six months salary” appeal by the hacker, who claims to earn $12- to-$15 actor per year, so it’s cryptic how much aberration it’ll make.

HBO beneath to comment.

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