Iranian Hacker Charged in HBO Breach

Iranian Charged in `Game of Thrones Hack Extortion Scheme

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.

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.

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.

US prosecutors also say he was a member of the Iranian-based Turk Black Hat Security hacking group that targeted hundreds of websites in the United States and around the world.

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

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.

According to the indictment, Mesri sought to gain access to HBO's networks by breaking into employee user accounts.

A computer hacker who used to work for the Iranian military has been charged with breaching HBO servers to steal scripts of unaired "Game of Thrones" episodes and other unaired episodes of hit network shows, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. In July, authorities say he contacted HBO executives via email, demanding $5.5 million in Bitcoin if the company wanted to prevent any leaks. No actual Thrones video was ever leaked as part of this particular HBO hack, however.

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Behzad Mesri, who went by the alias Skote Vahshat, has been indicted for cybercrimes related to the alleged hacks, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Mesri has been charged with multiple counts, including, wire fraud, computer hacking, aggravated identify theft and interstate transmission of extortionate communication.

He demanded $6 million paid in untraceable bitcoin or he would release the programs. Law enforcement officials feared the motivation stemmed from the Trump administration's efforts to impose new sanctions on Iran, the paper said.

At the time, HBO said of the extortion scheme, "That's a game we're not going to participate in".

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