Iranian Accused Of Hacking HBO

Game Of Thrones Hacker

USA prosecutors say Behzad Mesri previously worked for Iran's military, hacking into the IDF and Israel's critical infrastructure, before trying to blackmail the studio for $6 million worth of crypto-currency Bitcoin.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and should he get caught, Mesri could face up a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison: "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".

He allegedly downloaded huge amounts of data, including video files of unreleased episodes of Ballers, Barry, Room 104, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Deuce.

"Today, winter has come for Behzad Mesri".

Back in May, he began reconnaissance work on HBO, looking for restricted parts of the corporate network, before compromising multiple user accounts to obtain unauthorized access to the TV network's servers.

Although the document doesn't state that the Iranian Regime told Mesri to attack HBO, it should be made clear that he is deeply tied to the Regime and would be unlikely to attack such a prominent target without their permission.




In a statement Tuesday, HBO said it is working with law enforcement but declined further comment.

"A series of criminal cases could increase pressure on lawmakers to act", the Post's sources said. The email concluded with an image of the Night King, a character from "Game of Thrones", and said: "Good luck to HBO".

In a July 23 anonymous e-mail sent to HBO, Mesri allegedly threatened: "Yes it's true!"

He later upped the asking price to $6 million.

But there is nothing in the indictment suggesting Mesri targeted HBO on behalf of Iran's government or with its financial support, said Collin Anderson, a US -based internet researcher who specializes in Iran.

The cyber attack surfaced over the summer as HBO was running a new season of "Game of Thrones", and as the cable network's parent Time Warner sought regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T.

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