The Game of Thrones hacker has been identified and charged

22 November, 2017, 15:02 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Iranian hacker Behzad Mesri in an FBI handout

Behzad Mesri is accused of stealing data related to unaired episodes of HBO series including Game of Thrones and attempting to extort US$6m from the premium U.S. cablenet.

The alleged hacker broke in to United States broadcaster HBO's computer system and demanded a ransom in Bitcoin.

After HBO refused to make a payment, Mesri allegedly posted portions of the stolen videos and five scripts from Game of Throne episodes on websites he controlled. It is alleged Mesri, who also uses the name Skote Vahshat, stole episodes and storylines of dramas including the premium channel's global hit Game of Thrones.

The US Attorney's office in NY has filed charges against an Iranian national accused of hacking HBO's servers earlier this year.

Prosecutors allege that Mesri "had previously worked on behalf of the Iranian military to conduct computer network attacks that targeted military systems, nuclear software systems, and Israeli infrastructure".

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The Iranian suspect faces seven counts in the United States, including wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and four counts of computer fraud.

The complaint mentions, "At certain times, MESRI was a member of an Iran-based hacking group called the Turk Black Hat Security team".

MESR attempts to penetrate the network HBO began around may and continued until about August 2017.

"He will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear of being arrested and brought here", Kim said (via the BBC).

When contacted by WorldPost, HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson declined to comment.

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