The US DOJ has indicted the HBO hacker

The US DOJ has indicted the HBO hacker

The office's press release indicates that "Mesri now stands charged with federal crimes", including wire fraud, computer hacking, "interstate transmission of an extortionate communication", and aggravated identity theft.

Mr 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. Still, U.S. Attorney Joon Kim noted that Mesri doubtlessly perfected some of his techniques while working in Tehran.

HBO acknowledged the breach in late July, after the attacker began leaking news of an exploit after the broadcaster didn't pay the US$5.5 million (in Bitcoin) ransom, later incresaed to $6 million.

An Iranian national with ties to the country's military has been charged with hacking HBO's computer system and leaking several advance Game of Thrones scripts online this summer.

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It might be a total coincidence, but on the same day of his indictment, a team of hackers took Sacramento's transportation system by storm, erasing data from their servers and demanding a ransom of one single Bitcoin, which is more than $8200 at this time.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office, Behzad Mesri allegedly hacked into HBO's computer servers, stealing proprietary data, including information about then-unreleased episodes of Game of Thrones, and then allegedly sought to extort the premium cabler.

Prosecutors say that Mesri started sending provocative, taunting emails to HBO executives in July. He also compromised e-mail accounts for various HBO employees.

Included in the alleged cyber robbery: unaired episodes of Thrones, Ballers, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Bill Hader's upcoming series Barry, as well as scripts, plot summaries, emails, financial information and other documents. During the Obama administration, the USA charged five Chinese military officers for hacking American corporations to steal trade secrets and seven Iranian men for crippling bank websites with barrages of traffic, as well as infiltrating an upstate NY dam. The FBI has been unable to arrest him because he remains in Iran, Mr Kim said on Tuesday.