Iranian national charged for HBO hack

24 November, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Image released by the hackers

"For hackers who test our resolve in protecting our intellectual property - even those hiding behind keyboards in countries far away - eventually, winter will come", acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said.

Kim said the decision was made to go public after a determination that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was unlikely to be able to lure Mesri to a place where he could be arrested.

The man, Behzad Mesri, is charged with orchestrating the high-profile hack of the U.S. cable channel earlier this year, which led to a standoff over a demanded ransom payment and the leak of unaired episodes of some of HBO's biggest shows, including Game of Thrones and Ballers.

Although the indictment doesn't allege Iran orchestrated the attack, Kim pointedly noted that Mesri honed his skills while working for the government in Tehran.

The charges from the Department of Justice are multiple counts of accessing a computer without authorization, computer fraud, identity theft and extortion.

He allegedly downloaded huge amounts of data, including video files of unreleased episodes of Ballers, Barry, Room 104, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Deuce.


Mr Kim declined to say if HBO had offered or paid any ransom.

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. Included was an image of "Game of Thrones" Night King character, leader of an army of zombies, with the words, "Good luck HBO".

In the coming days, emails from the anonymous hacker to HBO personnel raised the ransom to approximately $6 million worth of bitcoin, threatened to destroy data on HBO's servers and provided a deadline of July 29 for HBO to begin making ransom payments if it wanted to prevent the public disclosure of stolen data. "Yes it's true! HBO is hacked..."

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

"Unfortunately, I suspect that this will not be the last time we charge cyber offences against hackers with ties to the Iranian government", Kim said.

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