Iranian Behzad Mesri charged in HBO hack, 'Game of Thrones' script theft

Iranian Behzad Mesri charged in HBO hack, 'Game of Thrones' script theft

U.S. prosecutors say he stole scripts and plot summaries for then unaired episodes of the global smash hit "Game of Thrones" series, and unaired episodes for multiple other shows, including the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" comedy series.

Today, an Iranian hacker named Behzad Mesri has been charged by a New York District Court with the attack he performed on November 8, 2017 against HBO's systems.

In late July, Mesri is accused of attempting to extort HBO executives, threatening to destroy data on the company's computer servers, and leaking portions of the stolen data online.

The charges were unveiled by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office.

Behzad Mesri, an Iran-based hacker, allegedly hacked into HBO servers in May, stole confidential company data over the course of several months, and then attempted to extort HBO for $6 million in Bitcoin, according to the indictment released by USA prosecutors in Manhattan Tuesday morning.

HBO might not be falling, but the mask protecting the identify of a hacker going by the name of Mr. Smith appears to be. "The memory of American law enforcement is very long". "As far as the criminal case is concerned, we prefer to leave any comments to the US Attorney's Office", he said in an email. Some of the leaked videos included a graphic of the "Game of Thrones" character the Night King with the message: "Winter is coming".

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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.

Behzad Mesri, also known online as Skote Vahshat, is an Iran-based computer hacker, the U.S. District Court Southern District of NY stated in an indictment.

One of those targets was reportedly HBO.

Mesri has worked for the Iranian military to launch cyberattacks against Israel and has been a member of a Tehran-based hacking group called Turk Black Hat Security, which has conducted hundreds of website defacements against USA sites.

In a statement in August, HBO said that was not communicating with the hacker. He said Mesri would face consequences even though USA authorities could not immediately arrest him.

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