Iranian charged with Game of Thrones hack

HBO's 'Game of Thrones' hacker hit with charges in the US

Mesri also at times worked on behalf of the Iranian hacker group Turk Black Hat Security to conduct "hundreds of website defacements" of platforms in the United States and elsewhere, the indictment alleges.

Joon Kim, acting USA attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William Sweeney, assistant director-in-charge of the FBI's New York Office, will discuss the case at Tuesday's press conference. The hacker gradually released stolen materials on the internet, including unaired episodes of "Ballers", "Barry", "Room 104", "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Deuce".

United States prosecutors have charged an Iranian national with hacking into cable TV network HBO and stealing episodes and plot summaries for unaired programs including Game of Thrones, then threatening to release the data unless he was paid $US6 million ($A8.4 million).

Mesri allegedly infiltrated HBO's servers through employee user accounts in May.

He is also accused by US authorities of previously conducting computer attacks for the Iranian military that targeted nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure.

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

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Mesri is accused of repeatedly obtaining unauthorized access to HBO's servers.

HBO might not be falling, but the mask protecting the identify of a hacker going by the name of Mr. Smith appears to be.

Behzad Mesri, also known online as Skote Vahshat, is an Iran-based computer hacker, the U.S. District Court Southern District of NY stated in an indictment.

Mesri threatened to release the episodes if HBO executives did not pay him $6 million in the digital currency bitcoin.

According to the FBI, Mesri has been charged with multiple counts of computer fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and interstate transmission of an extortionate communication. There's no indication HBO paid any of the $6 million.

"For hackers who test our resolve in protecting our intellectual property ‒ even those hiding behind keyboards in countries far away ‒ eventually, winter will come", said Kim.

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