Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Man behind HBO hacks is identified and charged

Man behind HBO hacks is identified and charged

"Behzad Mesri, an Iranian national who had previously hacked computer systems for the Iranian military, allegedly infiltrated HBO's systems, stole proprietary data, including scripts and plot summaries for unaired episodes of Game of Thrones, and then sought to extort HBO of $6 million in Bitcoins", Kim said.

USA prosecutors charged Mesri with the hack in a sealed indictment that was released on Tuesday, although Mesri is believed to be Iran.

As much as Mezri's crime was pretty outrageous we should consider the scale of subsequent crimes that were committed as a result of his and others work.The season seven premiere episode of Game of Thrones smashed TV rating records by the number of people that watched it.

The hacker also stole internal HBO financial and strategic documents, and among them were home addresses and phone numbers of "Game of Thrones" stars. He also gained access to scripts from Ballers and Room 104. Yes it's true! HBO is hacked!...

The second e-mail included an image of the "Night King", a Game of Thrones character, with the message "Good luck to HBO".

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

In a statement Tuesday, HBO said it is working with law enforcement but declined further comment. Nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure.

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 United States cablenet.

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

Nevertheless, Trump keeps publicly pressuring the Congress to reintroduce sanctions against Iran and Mesri's case may well be a part of his anti-Tehran campaign. Likewise, if he travels internationally, he could be arrested and sent to the face charges.

"Unfortunately, I suspect that this will not be the last time we charge cyber offences against hackers with ties to the Iranian government", Kim said. "He will forever be looking over his shoulder".

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