The Game of Thrones hacker has been identified and charged

The Game of Thrones hacker has been identified and charged

The Game of Thrones hacker has been identified and charged

According to reports, United States officials have charged an Iranian hacker Behzad Mesri, who went by the pseudonym "Skote Vahshat", for stealing 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO in May, that included the release of several unaired shows and scripts.

The indictment, unsealed in NY on Tuesday, said that Behzad Mesri, "had worked on behalf of the Iranian military to conduct computer network attacks that targeted military systems, nuclear software systems, and Israeli infrastructure".

"He now stands charged with federal crimes, and although not arrested today, he will forever have to look over his shoulder".

The man, Behzad Mesri, is charged with orchestrating the high-profile hack of the United States cable channel earlier this year, which led to a standoff over a demanded ransom payment and the leak of unaired episodes of some of HBO's biggest shows, including Game of Thrones and Ballers.

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.

"He will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear of being arrested and brought here to face these charges", Kim said. But at least HBO can have some amount of closure. The email allegedly provided evidence that the hacker had successfully stolen proprietary data from HBO, a unit of Time Warner Inc.

After HBO apparently refused to pay, Mesri began leaking portions of the stolen material on websites he controlled, the indictment says.

A spokesman for HBO said Tuesday that the company has been "working with law enforcement from the early stages of the cyber incident". 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.

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 USA -based internet researcher who specializes in Iran.

However, the leaks didn't affect Game of Thrones in the long run as the show continued to break the records.

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