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Iranian Nation-State Hacker Indicted for HBO Hack, Extortion

Thursday, November 30, 2017 10:48
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Iranian Nation-State Hacker Indicted for HBO Hack, Extortion’Winter is coming,’ DoJ official says of overseas hackers such as the alleged HBO hacker who steal intellectual property from the US.

The US Department of Justice today unsealed an indictment charging an Iranian national with a cyberattack earlier this year against HBO and using the stolen content for $6 million worth of Bitcoin in an extortion scheme.

Iranian resident Behzad Mesri, 29, aka “Skote Vahshat,” has not been arrested by US authorities. According to the indictment says Mesri – who had previously performed hacking for the Iranian military – stole scripts, plot summaries, and other proprietary program information from HBO and leaked some of stolen HBO content online, including information on upcoming episodes of “Game of Thrones” and other programs. He also stole emails from at least one HBO employee, financial files, and online credentials for HBO social media accounts.

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