Iranian Man Accused of 'Game of Thrones' Hack Attack

Iranian Man Accused of 'Game of Thrones' Hack Attack

An indictment filed Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan accuses Behzad Mesri of hacking into the cable network's computer system in NY.

As Mesri is now in Iran, US officials have admitted arresting him will be hard.

HBO and Game of Thrones makers can heave a sigh of relief, as the hacker who stole scripts and plot summaries of the show has been identified.

He said: "Unfortunately I suspect this will not be the last time that we charge cyber offences against hackers with ties to the Iranian government". If convicted, Variety reports, Mesri faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for wire fraud; up to five years for each of the four charges related to computer fraud; a two-year mandatory sentence for aggravated identity theft; and up to two years in prison for the extortion charge.

"Today, winter has come for Behzad Mesri".




Beginning in May, Mesri searched for ways to get into Home Box Office's network, using points where employees and other authorised users accessed the system from outside, according to prosecutors.

What do you think is a suitable crime for a hacker like Mesri? Included was an image of "Game of Thrones" Night King character, leader of an army of zombies, with the words, "Good luck HBO".

When contacted by WorldPost, HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson declined to comment. The hacker demanded $6 million in bitcoin from the media company and threatened to release more confidential information if his demands weren't met.

In late July and into August, Mesri leaked some of the HBO material on the Internet through websites under his control, then promoted the leaks through e-mails to the press and on a Twitter account, prosecutors say. The hack at HBO happened nearly three years after a high-profile breach at Sony Corp., which unleashed a trove of emails that embarrassed top executives.

Kim denied that the timing of the charges against Mesri was part of a coordinated Justice Department effort to ratchet up pressure on lawmakers to stiffen sanctions against Iran.

Related Articles

  • Dancing with the Stars Revealed a Major Twist for Next Season!

    Dancing with the Stars Revealed a Major Twist for Next Season!

    After the show, Fisher told Fox News, "There aren't words that you can use to express [how it feels to win]". They also received a score of 30.
    Sixers host Jazz after tough loss to Warriors

    Sixers host Jazz after tough loss to Warriors

    At 15-2, Boston leads the National Basketball Association and has matched the best start in franchise history through 17 games. Perhaps the 76ers and Embiid will be the team the Warriors have to contend with in June at in the coming seasons.
    Jana Novotna, 1998 Wimbledon champion, dies at 49

    Jana Novotna, 1998 Wimbledon champion, dies at 49

    Novotna was famous in part for winning Wimbledon in 1998, after losing in the United Kingdom tournament's final in 1993 and 1997. We have all been in that situation where you almost win but you can't quite do it and your opponent gets the better of you.
  • Maxwell called into Ashes squad as cover for Warner

    Maxwell called into Ashes squad as cover for Warner

    This comes hot on the heels of another Australian batsman, David Warner , suffered a neck injury heading into the Ashes . Vice-captain David Warner hurt his neck while fielding during a practice session at the Gabba on Tuesday.
    Nigeria mosque attack leaves 50 killed

    Nigeria mosque attack leaves 50 killed

    The blast bears the hallmarks of a faction led by Abubakar Shekau, which forces women and girls to carry out suicide bombings. Tuesday's bombing brings the number killed in 2017 to at least 278, according to calculations by Reuters.
    Mild & Mostly Sunny Today, Showers Tonight

    Mild & Mostly Sunny Today, Showers Tonight

    Those high clouds may hang with us into the overnight hours ahead of a weak cold front that will slide through on Tuesday . Right now, Sunday looks cold and brisk but also bright and dry for the return leg of your Thanksgiving adventures.
  • Is Jude Law set to star in 'Captain Marvel' alongside Brie Larson?

    Is Jude Law set to star in 'Captain Marvel' alongside Brie Larson?

    Now, word has come down that Law may have landed the male lead opposite Brie Larson's title character in Captain Marvel . Captain Marvel is being directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck , who directed Half Nelson .
    Ferdinand explains why Mourinho has had to axe Mkhitaryan

    Ferdinand explains why Mourinho has had to axe Mkhitaryan

    Mourinho's side are nearly certain to top their group and qualify, they just need a draw against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford. Should they avoid a four-goal defeat, qualification is guaranteed.
    CBS News Fires Charlie Rose Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

    CBS News Fires Charlie Rose Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

    She said Rose had groped her multiple times and claimed he once summoned her to his hotel room and emerged naked from the shower. PBS said later on Tuesday it has terminated its relationship with Rose .
  • Uber admits hiding a giant hack affecting 57 million people

    Uber admits hiding a giant hack affecting 57 million people

    The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 USA driver's license numbers. In late 2016, people's data was compromised including names, email addresses and phone numbers, the company said tonight.
    Met Police investigating second claim of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey

    Met Police investigating second claim of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey

    Last Vic, Old Vic Theater reported that it has received 20 personal testimonies against Kevin Spacey for "misconduct". The alleged victim is believed to have been an aspiring actor who sought career advice from Spacey .
    Oh Baby! Kevin Hart Finally Welcomes Newborn Baby:

    Oh Baby! Kevin Hart Finally Welcomes Newborn Baby: "He's Healthy & Already Smiling"

    While Eniko was expecting, Kevin Hart issued an apology to his family ahead of an alleged sex tape leak with another woman. Nevertheless, Eniko has remained happily by her husband's side one year after saying "I do" on August 13, 2016.