Game Of Thrones Hacker Has Been Caught, Charged, But Cannot Be Arrested

A scene from HBO's'Game of Thrones

Today, a judgment against the hacker was from a federal grand jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of NY was unsealed.

Although Mesri is not in custody, prosecutors chose to publicly charge him and put him on the FBI's most-wanted list to send a message to outlaw hackers that U.S. law enforcement has the means to identify, track and get them arrested if they travel to countries where the United States has better relations, acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.

The 29-year-old hacker has been charged with wire fraud, computer hacking, threatening to impair the confidentiality of information, aggravated identity theft and transmission of an extortionate communication.

Here's the snag: Mesri is in Iran.

Over the next couple months, Mr. Mesri compromised user accounts that belonged to HBO employees and used them repeatedly to gain unauthorized access and steal proprietary information from the company, the indictment said.

According to the complaint, Mesri's attempt to hack into HBO network began around May and lasted till approximately August of 2017.




This Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced that they have opened the case against Behzad Mesri, whose aliases include Skote Vahshat and Mr. Smith. He is also accused of stealing unaired episodes of Dwayne Johnson's cable TV series Ballers and Larry David's comedy show Curb Your Enthusiasm. The email concluded with an image of the Night King, a character from "Game of Thrones", and said: "Good luck to HBO".

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.

When contacted by WorldPost, HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson declined to comment.

US federal prosecutors allege that Mesri leaked some of the stolen data on the Internet.

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

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