Feds reveal HBO's alleged Game of Thrones hacker in wanted poster

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He also was able to obtain full scripts and cast lists for 'Game of Thrones, ' only two episodes of which had been released at that point.

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.

US prosecutors accuse Behzad Mesri of stealing scripts and plot summaries for unaired episodes of the Game Of Thrones TV series, and unaired episodes of other shows including the Curb Your Enthusiasm comedy series. The decision to indict him is part of a "name and shame" strategy the USA government has used in the past to try to curb the work of foreign hackers it doesn't expect to apprehend. He said Mesri would face consequences even though USA authorities could not immediately arrest him. He is identified as being a member of the Turk Black Hat Security team, at times, under the hacker alias "Skote Vahshat", according to the indictment.

The Department of Justice has charged a former Iranian military hacker who authorities said hacked into HBO servers and tried to profit from data he allegedly stole. He was not, however, working for the Iranian government when he allegedly hacked HBO.

On July 23, Mesri sent an email to HBO executives that read, "Hi to all Losers!" His emails includes images of the "Game of Thrones" character the Night King with messages like, "Good luck to HBO".




"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.

He demanded $6 million paid in untraceable bitcoin or he would release the programs. Officials will hold a press conference to formally announce the charges Tuesday afternoon.

"We made that determination that we were not likely to be able to get him and we should go public with it, " Kim said.

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.

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