DOJ indicts HBO hacker for swiping episodes and documents

DOJ indicts HBO hacker for swiping episodes and documents

DOJ indicts HBO hacker for swiping episodes and documents

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

Mesri, who is not in U.S. custody, previously worked for the Iranian military to conduct computer attacks against defence systems, nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure, according to an indictment returned by a grand jury Nov 7 and unsealed on Tuesday (Nov 21).

The indictment accuses Mr Mesri of computer fraud, wire fraud, extortion and identity theft, after unaired episodes of Game Of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ballers were leaked online .

"We are unfortunately unable to arrest him today", Kim told reporters, adding, "He will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear that he will be arrested on these charges".

He also stole financial documents, credentials for HBO's social-media accounts and the emails of at least one HBO employee, the indictment said. In July, he began to send taunting messages to HBO executives, before ultimately demanding a ransom of $5.5m in Bitcoin.

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Earlier this year, HBO faced a setback in the form of a massive hacking attack on its internal servers that resulted in the theft of 1.5 terabyte data. Included was an image of "Game of Thrones" Night King character, leader of an army of zombies, with the words, "Good luck HBO".

In a statement Tuesday, HBO said it is working with law enforcement but declined further comment.

But there is nothing in the indictment suggesting Mesri targeted HBO on behalf of Iran's government or with its financial support, said Collin Anderson, a US -based internet researcher who specializes in Iran. "Yes it's true! HBO is hacked..." On Monday, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit to attempt to block the $85 billion deal, a move which the companies have vowed to fight in court.

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