DOJ names Iranian as hacker who stole unaired episodes from HBO

Posted November 24, 2017

According to documents, Mesri honed his skills while working for the Iranian government and has reportedly hacked computer systems on behalf of the country's military.

Mesri is reportedly a member of the Turk Black Hat Security hacking team. This would seem to indicate that Mesri is in a whole heap of trouble, or at least he will be when US officials actually detain him. The culprit was a former Iranian military hacker Behzad Mesri who was, reportedly, in it "for the money" and previously used his hacking skills to attack "nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure".

The Justice Department on Tuesday charged a part-time Iranian government hacker with infiltrating HBO and trying to extort the company, a move that comes amid allegations the charges were rushed to bolster President Donald Trump's case against Tehran.

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Cyber experts are concerned Iran will refocus its hacker army on the US if the Trump administration and Congress abandon the deal. In July, authorities say he contacted HBO executives via email, demanding $5.5 million in Bitcoin if the company wanted to prevent any leaks. HBO received emails that indicated the information and episodes were being held for ransom, and that they would be released and/or destroyed if the cabler did not pay, Kim said, adding that HBO did not make payments. However, as Engadget points out, while this is a win for HBO legally, since the hacker does not reside in the U.S., he has not yet been arrested. Often, the emails included images of Game of Thrones characters like the Night King, with accompanying messages like "Good luck to HBO".

One of those targets, the feds allege, was HBO.

"He will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear of being arrested and brought here", Mr Kim said.

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Starting in May 2017, Mesri conducted "online reconnaissance of HBO's computer networks and employees" and "searched for access points to the network", the indictment said.

In a statement, Kim said, "Mesri now stands charged with federal crimes, and although not arrested today, he will forever have to look over his shoulder until he is made to face justice".

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