Cyprus Mail
Americas Tech & Science World

US prosecutors charge Iranian in ‘Game of Thrones’ hack

File photo: Fans wait for guests to arrive at the world premiere of the television fantasy drama 'Game of Thrones' series 5 at The Tower of London

US prosecutors have charged an Iranian-based hacker with penetrating the network of cable TV provider HBO and stealing episodes and plot summaries for unaired programs including “Game of Thrones,” then threatening to release the data unless he was paid $6 million.

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 Inc sought regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October 2016.

A sealed indictment released on Tuesday by the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan charges Behzad Mesri, also known as “Skote Vahshat,” with hacking into HBO from May to August and stealing unaired episodes of programs including “Ballers,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Deuce.”

Mesri also stole scripts and plot summaries for programs including “Game of Thrones,” according to the indictment.

The indictment described Mesri as a “self-professed expert” in hacking who had worked on behalf of Iran‘s military to attack military systems, nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure.

It also alleged that he helped an Iranian hacking group, Turk Black Hat Security Team, deface hundreds of websites in the United States and other countries.

Reuters was unable reach Mesri for comment.

A spokesman with the US Attorney’s Office said that Mesri has not been arrested, but declined to comment on the suspect’s whereabouts.

Related Posts

Violence escalates in India’s northeast after forces mistakenly fire on civilians -officials

Reuters News Service

Omicron variant found in at least 15 US, states, total in UK rises to 246

Reuters News Service

Western countries express concern over Afghan reprisals, Taliban reject accusations

Reuters News Service

U.S. reluctance to lift all sanctions main obstacle to reviving 2015 pact – Iranian official

Reuters News Service

Don’t exploit migrants for politics, Pope says on refugee island

Reuters News Service

How much has technology changed in the last 20 years?

Melissa Hekkers

1 comment

Comments are closed.