The still unidentified hacker released another message to many reporters and media outlets showing an apparent HBO response after it was informed that its server had been penetrated and an enormous amount of data was obtained. Various reports said that the hacker claimed to have stolen 1.5TB of data.

The message appeared to have come from HBO and dated July 27, according to Variety, which was able to obtain a copy of the latest release from the hacker only known as “Mr. Smith.” The content indicates that HBO offered to make a $250, 000 “bounty payment” as part of a program that rewards “white hat IT professionals” for “bringing these types of things to our attention.”

HBO stalls for time

There is no official confirmation or comment from HBO regarding the authenticity of the latest message from the hacker.

However, according to Variety, a source close to the investigation of the hacking incident has confirmed the veracity of the email.

The source explained that the HBO email was worded in a non-confrontational tone to stall for time and enable the network to have more period to assess how serious the breach was. HBO also hoped the amount would be enough to satisfy the hacker and decide not to push through with leaking all the data obtained.

HBO has asked the hacker to extend the deadline for a week in the “spirit of professional cooperation” and so that the necessary amount of bitcoin can be secured

However, in the video letter by the hacker, it demanded a payment equivalent to “six months salary.” The hacker claimed to make $12 million to $15 million per year.

Email came from a senior VP

The email was sent by an HBO senior VP, who was confirmed by THR to be an executive working for the company

THR also reported that on August 3, it had received an email from the HBO hackers indicating their motive to be “…just about money.” It added that they had weeks of negotiations with HBO officials, however, “they broke their promises and wanted to play with us….”

Since the hacking occurred, HBO contents such as scripts of episodes 4 and 5 of this season's Game of Thrones," unaired episodes of Ballers and Room 104, personal emails of GoT stars, and emails from a programming executive have been released on the web.

In spite or may be because of the leak, episode 4 of "Game of Thrones" season 7, The Spoils of War, had obtained record breaking ratings.

The last official word from HBO said that the company is working with authorities and security experts in the ongoing investigation into the breach of its network.