Dracarys! The long international nightmare for HBO is over. Finally, the hacker who stole a massive amount of 1.5 terabyte data from HBO’s internal server and leaked the episodes of popular TV series Game Of Thrones Season 7 has been identified and charged.
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that Behzad Mesri, 29, is the man accused of hacking HBO’s networks and threatening to give $6 million in bitcoin in return. Mesri a.k.a Skote Vahshat, an Iranian national was previously a hacker for the Iranian military. He has been indicted and charged with one count of wire fraud, one count of computer hacking, three counts of threatening to impair the confidentiality of information, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of interstate transmission of an extortionate communication.
In addition to stealing the scripts and plot summaries of unaired episodes of Game Of Thrones, he even stole the unaired episodes of shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ballers, and The Deuce. Apart from stealing the data, Mesri also tried to promote the leaks of the stolen data on the internet by creating emails to send it to media and Twitter profiles to prove the evidence of hack of HBO.
“American ingenuity and creativity is to be cultivated and celebrated — not hacked, stolen, and held for ransom. 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 in a statement.
“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.”
Despite the leaks, Game Of Thrones has managed to break the records and none of the compromised information of the employees came out into the press.