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Hackers release what appears to be Game of Thrones' actors personal information, demand ransom to stop further leaks

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Hackers aren't backing down from their threat to leak unreleased HBO shows, including Game of Thrones. Late Monday, the hackers posted numerous files stolen from HBO, including five draft scripts for Game of Thrones episodes, what appears to be a Game of Thrones cast list that contains personal contact information for the show's stars, HBO's administrator passwords, and emails from HBO's vice president for film programming.

In a video letter, the hackers demanded a ransom equivalent to their "six-month salary in bitcoin" — they claimed to make as much as $15 million a year from blackmailing hacked networks — to stop the release of entire series and confidential documents. The group claims it stole 1.5 terabytes of information from HBO.

HBO confirmed the breach last week, though the network said it doesn't believe that its entire email system has been compromised. The company is working with police and cybersecurity experts to investigate the incident.