Iranian Hacker Charged in HBO Hack That Included 'Game of Thrones' Script

Feds charge Iranian hacker with stealing HBO files

Mesri also stole scripts and plot summaries for "Game of Thrones", according to the indictment.

United States prosecutors accuse Mesri of previously conducting computer attacks on behalf of the Iranian military that targeted nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure.

USA prosecutors accuse Behzad Mesri of stealing scripts and plot summaries for unaired episodes of the Game Of Thrones TV series, and unaired episodes of other shows including the Curb Your Enthusiasm comedy series.

Mesri is not in custody, and officials issued a "wanted" poster seeking help arresting him.

Behzad Mesri is a member of the Turk Black Hat Security hacking team and has worked for the Iranian military on computer attacks against Israel, according to an indictment filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Mesri is accused of orchestrating a hack of HBO from May to August, then threatening to release stolen data unless the premium cable network paid a United States dollars 6 million ransom in the digital currency Bitcoin. Whether or not the USA authorities will be able to arrest and charge the culprit remains to be seen though. "The memory of American law enforcement is very long".

Mesri, a member of the Iran-supported Turk Black Hat Security team, conducted "hundreds of website defacements" in the USA and across the world, prosecutors said. Yes it's true! HBO is hacked!. Executive emails, confidential cast and crew contact lists, financial documents, and online credentials for HBO's social media accounts were likewise compromised. A later email upped the amount to approximately $6 million in bitcoin and also threatened to wipe information off of HBO's servers.

'He will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear of being arrested and brought here, ' Kim said. At the time, hackers said they stole 1.5 terabytes of data.

Some of the material Mesri is alleged to have leaked included the HBO logo with an image of Game of Thrones Winter King superimposed over it, with the words "Winter is Coming".

At the time, HBO said of the extortion scheme, "That's a game we're not going to participate in".



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