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Feds Indict Iranian Over 'Game of Thrones' Hacks


Breach Response , Data Breach , Data Loss

Feds Indict Iranian Over 'Game of Thrones' Hacks Iranian National Charged With Extortion, Leaking Unreleased Episodes Jeremy Kirk (jeremy_kirk) • November 22, 2017 The Night King from the HBO series "Game of Thrones." (Photo: HBO)

A 29-year-old Iranian man has been charged with a $6 million extortion attempt against entertainment company HBO after he allegedly stole scripts for unaired episodes of the popular show "Game of Thrones" and other confidential information.

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Behzad Mesri is accused of compromising accounts for HBO employees that allowed him to gain deep access into the broadcaster's systems. Mesri claimed to have obtained 1.5 terabytes of information, including unaired episodes of "Ballers," "Barry," "Room 104," "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Deuce."

Mesri is charged with wire fraud, one count of computer hacking, three counts of threatening to impair the...(continued)

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