Iranian Man Indicted for HBO Hack, Extortion Scheme

The purloined data included scripts and plot summaries of unaired episodes of 'Game of Thrones, ' Kim added.

According to the indictment, Mesri is a member of the Turk Black Hat Security hacking team and has worked for the Iranian military on computer attacks against Israel.

U.S. prosecutors say he stole scripts and plot summaries for then unaired episodes of the global smash hit "Game of Thrones" series, and unaired episodes for multiple other shows, including the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" comedy series. He has not been taken into custody and the feds are trying to track him down. However, as Engadget points out, while this is a win for HBO legally, since the hacker does not reside in the USA, he has not yet been arrested.

Behzad Mesri is believed to still be in Iran but the charges send a message to everyone who attacks US targets, said officials.

Mesri, a member of the Iran-supported Turk Black Hat Security team, conducted "hundreds of website defacements" in the USA and across the world, prosecutors said.

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Specifically, he's "wanted for his alleged involvement in criminal activities to include unauthorized access to computer systems, stealing proprietary data from those systems, and attempted extortion for approximately $6 million in Bitcoin".

One of those targets was reportedly HBO. Executive emails, confidential cast and crew contact lists, financial documents, and online credentials for HBO's social media accounts were likewise compromised. By July, Mesri was allegedly leaking episodes of scripts and claiming to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of data.

'He will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear of being arrested and brought here, ' Kim said. His emails includes images of the "Game of Thrones" character the Night King with messages like, "Good luck to HBO".

"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.

There will be a Federal Bureau of Investigation press conference on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.to announce the charges against Mesri.

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