Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United States indicts Iranian in 'Game of Thrones' HBO hack

United States indicts Iranian in 'Game of Thrones' HBO hack

"At certain times, MESRI was a member of an Iran-based hacking group called the Turk Black Hat Security team", reads a copy of the complaint uploaded by The Daily Beast.

Joon Kim, acting US attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William Sweeney, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI's New York Office, will discuss the case at Tuesday's press conference.

The indictment charges Mesri with hacking into HBO from May to August and stealing unaired episodes of programs including "Ballers", "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Deuce".

A government spokesman said Mesri, who prosecutors say had previously hacked computer systems for the Iranian military, is not in custody at this time.

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Photo The hacker released the script of an episode of "Game of Thrones" that had not yet been broadcast and also gained access to financial documents, cast and crew contact lists and other emails, the authorities said.

The United States has charged an Iranian man with hacking into HBO and trying to extort $6 million in digital currency from the USA television network. Yes it's true! HBO is hacked!

He is also accused by USA authorities of previously conducting computer attacks for the Iranian military that targeted nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure.

Mesri is accused of planning to breach HBO's computer systems in May 2017 for the objective of stealing proprietary data.

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A grand jury in the Southern District of NY charged Mesri with seven counts, including unauthorized access to a protected computer, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Behzad Mesri, also known as "Skote Vahshat", was charged with the hack in a sealed indictment that was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.

One of those targets, the feds allege, was HBO.

He breached several user accounts in the network and stole data from servers, later asking for a ransom worth a total of $6 million in Bitcoin. Law enforcement officials feared the motivation stemmed from the Trump administration's efforts to impose new sanctions on Iran, the paper said.

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In a statement, Kim said, "Mesri now stands charged with federal crimes, and although not arrested today, he will forever have to look over his shoulder until he is made to face justice".

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