Iranian Behzad Mesri charged in HBO and 'Game of Thrones' hack

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Mesri has worked for the Iranian military to launch cyberattacks against Israel and has been a member of a Tehran-based hacking group called Turk Black Hat Security, which has conducted hundreds of website defacements against USA sites.

Behzad Mesri, who went by the alias Skote Vahshat, has been indicted for cybercrimes related to the alleged hacks, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Behzad Mesri is facing counts of wire fraud, computer fraud, aggravated identity theft and interstate transmission of an extortionate communication for stealing HBO's proprietary data during a cyber incident and then allegedly trying to extort the premium cable channel for $6 million in bitcoin. No actual Thrones video was ever leaked as part of this particular HBO hack, however.

It might be a total coincidence, but on the same day of his indictment, a team of hackers took Sacramento's transportation system by storm, erasing data from their servers and demanding a ransom of one single Bitcoin, which is more than $8200 at this time.

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- An Iranian man has been charged with allegedly being behind the hack of HBO's servers and leak of Game of Thrones episodes.

But Tuesday's indictment comes just days after The Washington Post reported that Trump administration officials were pressuring DOJ prosecutors to announce more cases against Iranian hackers, giving it added diplomatic significance. He also stole scripts for the hit series "Game of Thrones", contact information for HBO series' cast and crew, corporate financial documents and login credentials for HBO's social media accounts.

"Yes it's true! HBO is hacked..." HBO received emails that indicated the information and episodes were being held for ransom, and that they would be released and/or destroyed if the cabler did not pay, Kim said, adding that HBO did not make payments.

"HBO was on [e] of our hard targets to deal with but we succeeded", he wrote in one July 23 email, according to the indictment. Kim said: "Mesri now stands charged with federal crimes, and although not arrested today, he will forever have to look over his shoulder until he is made to face justice".

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