The US DOJ has indicted the HBO hacker

The US DOJ has indicted the HBO hacker

The US DOJ has indicted the HBO hacker

Announcing the charges, acting Manhattan US attorney Joon Kim said Mesri is "had previously hacked computer systems for the Iranian military".

HBO suffered a cyberattack in July, where the hacker leaked scripts for "Game of Thrones," as well as unreleased episodes of "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "Ballers" and "The Deuce."

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. He is now still believed to be in Iran, but US officials are hoping the charges will deter anyone in the future of thinking of hacking into HBO, or any other major media company. While many fans thought it was too good to be true, HBO's worst fears were confirmed when Game of Thrones cast members like Nathalie Emmanuel tweeted their disapproval of people ruining the season for everyone. "Beware of heart attacks". During his communications with the network, he used an image of the Game of Thrones character Littlefinger, known for being a skilled manipulator. The addition is a reference to the show's catchphrase.

In late July, Mesri began contacting HBO employees to inform them of his theft and demand ransom payment in exchange for not releasing the data.

"These charges will follow [Mr Mesri] wherever he goes, until he is caught and brought to justice", Mr Kim added.

The charges are the latest in a string of geopolitically loaded indictments of hackers linked to foreign governments including China, Iran and Russian Federation, a once unprecedented move that has become increasingly common in recent years.

Mr Kim was unambiguous in accusing the Iranian government of employing alleged criminals to launch cyber attacks on the US.

"In the simplest of terms, he lurked in the alleyways of the Internet, identified the vulnerabilities of his victim, and pickpocketed their information from thousands of miles away", FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney said in a statement. He added, with a nod to Game of Thrones: "Winter has come for Behzad Mesri".

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