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HBO offers $250,000 as ‘bounty payment’ to hackers: Variety

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The hackers behind HBO’s recent data breach have leaked an email in which the U.S. cable channel offered them $250,000 as a “bounty payment,” Hollywood trade paper Variety reported on Thursday.

The message from HBO, the Time Warner Inc cable unit that broadcasts “Game of Thrones,” offers the money as part of a program in which “white-hat professionals” are rewarded for identifying cyber security flaws, the Variety report said. http://bit.ly/2uMrMDz

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The email was worded in a way that would allow HBO to stall for time while it assessed the situation, Variety reported, citing a source close to HBO’s investigation.

HBO also requested the hackers to extend a ransom payment deadline by one week, Variety said.

The Guardian and other publications reported earlier this week that hackers had posted some stolen HBO files online, demanding a bitcoin ransom to prevent additional releases.

HBO did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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The hack has come at a sensitive time for HBO, whose parent Time Warner is awaiting regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October.

(Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar)

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Conservative SCOTUS majority appears ready to allow Trump to kill DACA for over 700,000 dreamers

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Trump once praised the program. Today he drew closer to being allowed to kill it.

The five conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices – including two installed by President Donald Trump – appear ready to allow the nation's chief executive to kill the DACA program that protects 700,000 to 800,000 Dreamers. The program, started by President Barack Obama, offers work authorizations and protections from deportation for those who were brought to America as children and have not known any other land as home for nearly their entire lives.

The New York Times reports that the Supreme Court's four liberal justices during oral arguments Tuesday appeared to focus on the president's motivation for ending DACA, officially the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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George Conway’s tweet gets mistaken for a swipe at his wife after he laments seeing ‘someone sacrifice her integrity’ for Trump

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After a tweet he fired off this Tuesday morning, some people thought George Conway was subtweeting his wife, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway. Conway was actually referring to Nikki Haley's defense of President Trump's infamous phone call with Ukraine's president, but some still couldn't resist pointing out the irony of his words.

"Every time I see someone sacrifice her integrity like this for @realDonaldTrump, I think of that line from the Bourne Identity and the Bourne Conspiracy: 'Look at us. Look at what they make you give,'" Conway tweeted while sharing Haley's recent interview with the Today Show.

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Roger Stone’s entire defense strategy seems to be hoping Trump will pardon him: national security lawyer

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Trump ally Roger Stone is on trial this week on charges of perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice -- and one national security attorney is baffled at how he's trying to defend himself.

Attorney Bradley Moss wrote on Twitter Tuesday that he simply doesn't see how Stone hopes to beat the charges laid out against him, as he so far hasn't had any serious rebuttal to his documented efforts to pressure witness Randy Credico to commit perjury.

"I seriously do not understand Roger Stone's defense strategy," Moss wrote. "This seems like a pro forma defense centered around the belief Trump will simply pardon him and Stone can then monetize his victim status further."

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