Man With Alleged Link to Iran’s Military Charged in ‘Game of Thrones’ Hack

Man With Alleged Link to Iran’s Military Charged in ‘Game of Thrones’ Hack ...
bloomberg.com 21/11/2017 Internet-IT

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By Bob Van Voris
November 21, 2017, 5:46 PM GMT+3:30
An Iranian man who allegedly has ties to the country’s military was indicted by U.S. prosecutors on charges that he hacked into HBO’s computer servers and stole unreleased episodes of “Game of Thrones.”
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have scheduled a midday news conference to detail the charges against Behzad Mesri. A copy of his indictment was unsealed Tuesday.
Mezri, allegedly a member of an Iran-based group of hackers called the Turk Black Hat Security team, was charged with seven criminal counts including computer fraud. Mezri, known online as "Skote Vahshat," previously worked for the Iranian military to conduct computer attacks against military systems, nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure, according to an indictment.
He tried to extort $6 million from Home Box Office, prosecutors said.
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