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This image released by HBO shows Lena Headey, left, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in "Game of Thrones," which premiered its seventh season on Sunday, July 16. (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)

HBO hackers demand $6 million in ransom for stolen files



The hackers known as "Mr.Smith" struck again on Monday and published more stolen HBO files and internal documents online. The hackers are demanding over $6 million in ransom from HBO in order to prevent them for releasing more stolen files.

"Mr.Smith" published the stolen files on Monday detailing the scripts from five 'Game of Thrones' episodes, including one upcoming episode. The stolen files also included emails allegedly from HBO's Vice President for Film Programming Leslie Cohen and internal documents of legal claims against top executives.

In the video directed to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, 'Mr. Smith' used white text on a black background to threaten more leaks if HBO does not comply with their demands. The hackers demanded "our 6 month salary in bitcoin" which is roughly $6 million in order to stop the leaks.

“Game of Thrones,” currently in its penultimate season, is reported to be the most popular show in HBO’s history. This is the second time the hackers published stolen files. They first started posting stolen HBO files on July 3. Plepler said that the company is investigating the data leak and is working with police and cybersecurity experts.

Some think that HBO should not comply with the hackers demands.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

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