An Iranian man with alleged ties to the country’s military was charged with hacking into HBO’s computer servers, stealing scripts to unreleased “Game of Thrones” episodes and trying to extort $6 million from the cable network.
Prosecutors claim Behzad Mesri, who isn’t in custody, is a member of an Iran-based group of hackers called the Turk Black Hat Security team and was known online as "Skote Vahshat." He previously worked for the Iranian military to conduct computer attacks against military systems, nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure, according to the indictment.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Mesri with seven criminal counts including computer fraud. U.S. prosecutors have scheduled a midday news conference to detail the charges. A copy of his indictment, returned by a grand jury Nov. 7, was unsealed Tuesday.
Beginning in May, Mesri searched for ways to get into Home Box Office Inc.
’s network, using access points where employees and other authorized users accessed the system from outside, according to prosecutors. He allegedly used the access to download huge amounts of data, including video files of unreleased episodes of "Ballers," "Barry," "Room 104," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Deuce."
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