HBO said it will not play the hackers’ game following the leak of several episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as well as “Ballers,” “Barry” and “The Deuce.”
“We are not in communication with the hacker and we’re not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released. It has been widely reported that there was a cyber incident at HBO. The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That’s a game we’re not going to participate in. Obviously, no company wants their proprietary information stolen and released on the internet. Transparency with our employees, partners, and the creative talent that works with us has been our focus throughout this incident and will remain our focus as we move forward. This incident has not deterred us from ensuring HBO continues to do what we do best,” said HBO in a statement obtained by Deadline.
The upcoming season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is set to premiere Oct. 1 and “The Deuce” is scheduled to premiere Sept. 10. “Barry” isn’t scheduled to premiere until 2018 and “Ballers” is currently airing on the network.
HBO’s strong statement seems to run incongruent with reports last week that the premium network was seeking to pay the hackers to buy more time before more sensitive information was leaked.
According to Variety, an email sent by an HBO technical team member last week offered $250,000 to delay the release of more information.
"In the spirit of professional cooperation, we are asking you to extend your deadline for one week,” the email read.
HBO recently confirmed the cyberattack. The hackers claimed that they took 1.5 terabytes of information from HBO.