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The Game of Thrones hacker has been identified and charged

24 November 2017

The hacker in question is named Behzad Mesri, an Iranian national who has "worked on behalf of the Iranian military to conduct computer network attacks that targeted military systems, nuclear software systems, and Israeli infrastructure", according to the indictment.

The indictment, unsealed in NY on Tuesday, said that Behzad Mesri, "had worked on behalf of the Iranian military to conduct computer network attacks that targeted military systems, nuclear software systems, and Israeli infrastructure".

"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".

According to the complaint, Mesri's attempt to hack into HBO network began around May and lasted till approximately August of 2017.

"He will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear of being arrested and brought here", Kim said (via the BBC).

He also stole financial documents, credentials for HBO's social-media accounts and the emails of at least one HBO employee, the indictment said.

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Earlier this year, HBO faced a setback in the form of a massive hacking attack on its internal servers that resulted in the theft of 1.5 terabyte data.

It's worth noting that Mesri was previously a hacker for the Iranian Army. Included was an image of "Game of Thrones" Night King character, leader of an army of zombies, with the words, "Good luck HBO".

Mr Kim declined to say if HBO had offered or paid any ransom. The hack at HBO happened nearly three years after a high-profile breach at Sony Corp., which unleashed a trove of emails that embarrassed top executives.

The hacking took place this year, just as season seven of the hit series was airing, and prosecutors allege Mesri began assessing HBO's online security systems in May.

HBO is a growth engine for Time Warner, generating $4.65 billion in revenue in the first nine months of the year, about 21% of the company's total revenue.

The Game of Thrones hacker has been identified and charged