U.S. charges alleged HBO hacker

U.S. charges alleged HBO hacker

United States prosecutors have charged an Iran-based hacker with penetrating the network of cable TV provider HBO and stealing episodes and plot summaries for unaired programs including "Game of Thrones", and then threatening to release the data unless he was paid $6 million.

Mesri, 29, a fugitive living in Iran who used the alias "Skote Vahshat", earlier this year infiltrated computer accounts of HBO employees authorized to remotely access the network's servers, the indictment says.

"Today's charges make clear that nation-states like Iran routinely employ alleged criminals [and] mercenaries like Mesri to conduct network attacks in America and elsewhere", Mr. Kim said.

The stolen data included the scripts and plot summaries of unreleased episodes of Game of Thrones Season 7 as well as the unreleased episodes of Ballers, Barry, Room 104, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Deuce.

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Unfortunately for all parties involved, save for Mesri, they are unable to arrest him at this time, because he is now in Iran. But at least HBO can have some amount of closure. In July, he began to send taunting messages to HBO executives, before ultimately demanding a ransom of $5.5m in Bitcoin. The email allegedly provided evidence that the hacker had successfully stolen proprietary data from HBO, a unit of Time Warner Inc.

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The alleged hacker broke in to U.S. broadcaster HBO's computer system and demanded a ransom in Bitcoin.

The theft consisted of terabytes of information, which wasn't limited to scripts and unaired episodes.

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Rather than keep quiet, prosecutors say Mesri "undertook efforts to promote the leaks", actively seeking journalists to publicise the story.

When contacted by WorldPost, HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson declined to comment. "Yes it's true! HBO is hacked..."

However, the leaks didn't affect Game of Thrones in the long run as the show continued to break the records. On Monday, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit to attempt to block the $85 billion deal, a move which the companies have vowed to fight in court.

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