Iranian Hacker Charged in HBO Hack That Included 'Game of Thrones' Script

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According to the seven-count indictment, Mesri "was an Iran-based computer hacker" and "a self-professed expert in computer hacking techniques, and had worked on behalf of the Iranian military to conduct computer network attacks that targeted military systems, nuclear software systems, and Israeli infrastructure".

The indictment of Behzad Mesri alleges that he stole proprietary data, including information about unreleased episodes of "Game of Thrones", and then sought to extort the company.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's office in NY announced charges against an Iranian national who stands accused of hacking into the network's servers.

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. HBO responded by offering a "bug bounty", a payment normally given to legitimate researchers who discover security vulnerabilities.

He is accused of stealing Game of Thrones scripts and summaries, as well as un-aired episodes of Ballers, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Deuce.

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But in the HBO hack, authorities say his motives may have been simpler: greed. Executive emails, confidential cast and crew contact lists, financial documents, and online credentials for HBO's social media accounts were likewise compromised.

He demanded up to $6 million to keep the data secret in extortion emails to HBO staff, some of which ended with photos of Night King, a menacing zombie villain from "Game of Thrones", according to the indictment. Mesri is still at large, a spokesman for the US Attorney's office in Manhattan told AFP.

"HBO has confirmed in the past that we were working with law enforcement from the early stages of the cyber incident".

Remember HBO's no good, very bad summer of leaks? "HBO is Falling", added in. By July, Mesri was allegedly leaking episodes of scripts and claiming to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of data.

"For hackers who test our resolve in protecting our intellectual property ‒ even those hiding behind keyboards in countries far away ‒ eventually, winter will come", said Kim.

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