According to ScreenRant, HBO is attempting to take measures to prevent further fallout. Per Variety, the cable network has offered the hackers a $250,000 ransom payment. The email, which was leaked by the hackers, suggests HBO would pay the hackers through a “white hat” program, where they reward IT professionals for helping them find holes in their security. The $250,000 is decidedly less than the hackers are demanding, and their leak of the email would seem to suggest a rejection of HBO’s terms. A source close to the investigation suggests the email was a stalling tactic so HBO can figure out just how serious the situation is. This all comes at a terrible time for HBO’s parent company, Time Warner, who are currently in the process of attempting to merge with AT&T, which would create one of the biggest media conglomerates in the world. As they attempt to gain regulatory approval for the move, this kind of high profile crisis is the last thing they want.