- At least a half-dozen extortion attempts have been made against Hollywood firms in the past six months
- The FBI’s office in LA has become so overwhelmed with cases that they can’t properly investigate them all
- Industry sources told the Hollywood Reporter that the FBI has been telling studios to just pay the ransoms since they have not been more than $80,000
- Officially, the FBI said it does not recommend paying hackers
- ‘The FBI does not encourage payment of ransom as it keeps the criminals in business,’ FBI spokesman Laura Eimiller told the magazine
The FBI’s Los Angeles office has reportedly been so overwhelmed by hacks against Hollywood that they have been advising studios to just pay ransoms.
At least a half-dozen extortion attempts have been made against Hollywood firms in the past six months, according to The Hollywood Reporter, including the recent hack on Netflix.
Industry sources told the magazine that there have been so many hacks that the FBI has been unable to properly investigate them all.
They say the FBI has been advising studios to just pay the ransoms since what hackers are asking for isn’t all that much for Hollywood companies.