Joon H. Kim, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of NY, announced on Tuesday (via TV Line) that Behzad Mesri has been charged with wire fraud, computer fraud, aggravated identity theft and interstate transmission of an extortionate communication over the allegations. As he continued to push for that payment, he leaked out stolen materials, including a script for an unaired Game of Thrones episode, in addition to unaired episodes of Ballers, Barry, Room 104, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Deuce.
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.
Still, U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said there would be "real consequences" for Mesri if he was ever detained.
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It's unknown if HBO paid its hackers any money, but the stolen HBO files began leaking on July 30. "Beware of heart attacks", reads another. His emails includes images of the "Game of Thrones" character the Night King with messages like, "Good luck to HBO".
"HBO was on [e] of our hard targets to deal with but we succeeded", he wrote in one July 23 email, according to the indictment. "HBO is falling", added to the bottom.
The charges from the Department of Justice are multiple counts of accessing a computer without authorisation, computer fraud, identity theft and extortion. The FBI has been unable to arrest him because he remains in Iran, Mr Kim said on Tuesday. The indictment only states that he has worked for the government in the past.
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Prosecutors say that Mesri started sending provocative, taunting emails to HBO executives in July. Mr Kim noted, however, that numerous emails appeared to come from a collective "we". In the parlance of Game of Thrones, winter isn't an ordinary season: Instead, it's a brutally protracted, near apocalyptic event, a harbinger of collective suffering, not of dawning justice.
Phrases like "HB-Old is Dying...." and "HBO is Falling" can be clearly seen in the screengrab (the site was back to normal within an hour of the original hack).
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