Iranian hacker Behzad Mesri charged after threatening to release scripts

HBO's 'Game of Thrones' hacker hit with charges in the US

While this indictment doesn't directly accuse Mesri of working for the Iranian government, it does note that he "had worked on behalf of the Iranian military to conduct computer network attacks that targeted military systems, nuclear software systems, and Israeli infrastructure". At one point, prosecutors said, Mr Mesri bragged he had stolen 1.5 terabytes of data. HBO received emails that indicated the information and episodes were being held for ransom, and that they would be released and/or destroyed if the cabler did not pay, Kim said, adding that HBO did not make payments. While many fans thought it was too good to be true, HBO's worst fears were confirmed when Game of Thrones cast members like Nathalie Emmanuel tweeted their disapproval of people ruining the season for everyone. Joon H. Kim, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of NY, announced on Tuesday (via TV Line) that Behzad Mesri has been charged with wire fraud, computer fraud, aggravated identity theft and interstate transmission of an extortionate communication over the allegations. "Beware of heart attacks", reads another.

"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", acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon Kim said in a statement. He also compromised e-mail accounts for various HBO employees.

Phrases like "HB-Old is Dying...." and "HBO is Falling" can be clearly seen in the screengrab (the site was back to normal within an hour of the original hack). "As far as the criminal case is concerned, we prefer to leave any comments to the US Attorney's Office".




A court in NY indicted him after he had already leaked scripts for the popular TV show Game of Thrones and some episodes of Baller and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Money isn't our main goal. "We want to be your partner in a tiny part of HBO's huge income".

The indictment charged Mr Mesri with hacking into HBO from May to August and stealing unaired episodes of programs such as Ballers, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Deuce.

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