Iranian charged with Game of Thrones hack

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An Iranian man, Behzad Mesri, has been charged in the massive HBO hack and extortion scheme, NBC News reports.

Behzad Mesri is described as a "self-professed" computer hacking expert who has worked on behalf of the Iranian military, targeting Israeli infrastructure among other targets. He was then able to steal unaired episodes of popular shows such as "Ballers", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", and "Room 104" between May and July. He has not been taken into custody and the feds are trying to track him down. Whether or not the United States authorities will be able to arrest and charge the culprit remains to be seen though. The FBI also said Mesri was a member of the hacker group Turk Black Hat Security team and conducted hundreds of website defacements.

Mesri allegedly stole the information by compromising user accounts belonging to multiple HBO employees and gaining access to the company's systems.

He then sent a series of anonymous emails to multiple HBO executives, employees, and other representatives providing proof that he had hacked into their systems, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Yes it's true! HBO is hacked!.

'He will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear of being arrested and brought here, ' Kim said.

Some of the material Mesri is alleged to have leaked included the HBO logo with an image of Game of Thrones Winter King superimposed over it, with the words "Winter is Coming".

"Unfortunately I suspect this will not be the last time that we charge cyber offenses against hackers with ties to the Iranian government", he said.

Another email was sent that threatened to publicly release the stolen data unless HBO paid a "non-negotiable" ransom of $5.5 million worth of bitcoin. Now, after plenty of investigating, the US Department of Justice has found the culprit and issued an indictment. A news conference was planned for Tuesday afternoon to provide more details.

Several people familiar with the HBO hack case pointed out that the Justice Department will often wait a year - sometimes several years - before unsealing charges in an global computer hacking probe, while this case was unsealed after three months. "That's a game we're not going to participate in", the company said in a statement.

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