Record pre-orders for Galaxy Note8 in the US, India sees 250,000 registrations

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 reports great pre-order numbers on all fronts. Samsung says that the new flagship broke the previous pre-order record for a Galaxy Note in the US. Interest is strong in India as well. The relatively high price did not deter fans of the S Pen – the new model costs $ 930 SIM-free while the Note7 was $ 850. Samsung is already shipping phones to some of those who pre-ordered while general sales will start on September 15. We have more concrete numbers from India – 250,000 people registered interest. Of that, around 150,000 are on Amazon. The country will get the new…

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HBO reportedly offered hackers a $250,000 ‘bug bounty payment’

HBO appears to have tried to pay off the hackers who stole scripts, shows, and employee information sometime last month. Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter report receiving an email from the hackers containing a transcript of a message sent by HBO offering payment.

In that message, an HBO executive reportedly writes, “As a show of good faith on our side, we are willing to commit to making a bug bounty payment of $ 250,000 to you as soon as we can establish the necessary account and acquire bitcoin.” HBO declined to comment to both publications, but Variety says it was able to confirm that the email was real.

Variety says the email may have been a stalling tactic, as the email was sent in late July before HBO…

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HBO hacker offered $250,000 for ‘cooperation’


The HBO hacker is at it again. Just over a week ago, a hacker (or hackers) leaked the script for episode four of the latest seasons of Game of Thrones — and the cast’s personal phone numbers in the process. Today, he was at it again, leaking an email from HBO executives offering $ 250,000 as part of its bug bounty program. Bug bounty programs are typically cash rewards offered to ethical hackers who point out security flaws in corporate systems. This hacker, however, exploited the flaw in an attempt to inflict damage to HBO. It’s curious the network would offer…

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Microsoft will now pay up to $250,000 for Windows 10 security bugs

Microsoft is launching a new Windows Bounty Program today, designed to expand its existing security bug bounty programs. While the software giant has previously paid out $ 100,000 for Windows 8.1 bugs, this new program will see the software giant pay out far more for serious Hyper-V flaws in Windows 10 or Windows Server operating systems.

Microsoft will now pay up to $ 250,000 for severe Hyper-V vulnerabilities, and security bugs in Microsoft Edge or Windows 10 preview builds will fetch up to $ 15,000. “Security is always changing and we prioritize different types of vulnerabilities at different points in time,” explains a Microsoft spokesperson in a blog post. “Microsoft strongly believes in the value of the bug bounties, and we trust that…

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Petya ransomware authors demand $250,000 in first public statement since the attack

The group responsible for last week’s globe-spanning ransomware attack has made their first public statement. Motherboard first spotted the post, which was left on the Tor-only announcement service DeepPaste. In the message, the Petya authors offer the private encryption key used in the attack in exchange for 100 bitcoin, the equivalent of over $ 250,000 at current rates.

Crucially, the message includes a file signed with Petya’s private key, which is strong evidence that the message came from the group responsible for Petya. More specifically, it proves that whoever left the message has the necessary private key to decrypt individual files infected by the virus. Because the virus deleted certain boot-level files, it’s…

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