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11/21/2017
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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.

"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.  American ingenuity and creativity is to be cultivated and celebrated -- not hacked, stolen, and held for ransom.  For hackers who test our resolve in protecting our intellectual property -- even those hiding behind keyboards in countries far away -- eventually, winter will come," said Acting Manhatten US Attorney Joon H. Kim.

Among the charges Mesri faces are wire fraud, hacking, aggravated identity theft, and extortion-related activity. Read more on the indictment here.

 

 

 

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Gorilla Hunter
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Gorilla Hunter,
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11/28/2017 | 3:09:59 PM
Re: Why not arrested?
He is in Iran, and an issuing an arrest warrent will just be a waste of time. Iran does not have an extradition treaty with the US. There is nothing that can be done as long as he is in Iran.
Gorilla Hunter
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Gorilla Hunter,
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11/28/2017 | 3:08:00 PM
Re: Justice?
He hasn't been arrested becasue he is in Iran and they do not extradite to the US, aka the Great Satan. As long as he stays there, he will never face any legal action. 
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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11/28/2017 | 2:21:22 PM
Re: Critical Data?
i REALLY have to agree here ---- any data breach IS serious and if HBO had financial data hacked, well there goes that one.,  THAT is the critical feature  of course --- $ always matter.  So if I appeared to be a bit off the mark here, apologies to one and all.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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11/28/2017 | 11:09:00 AM
Re: Critical Data?
"if we are talking scripts and Hollywood content?"

I see, this is quite costly, also reputation, it is similar to Sony hack I would say.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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11/28/2017 | 11:07:18 AM
Re: Critical Data?
"Yes it is sad to see a hack and there may be some financial data there"

True, this stolen episodes will cost HPO a lot I would say.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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11/28/2017 | 11:05:51 AM
Re: Critical Data?
" I have real worries but HBO"

That makes sense, at the same time this shows hackers capabilities to cause damage, it may very well be other things next time.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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11/28/2017 | 11:04:08 AM
Re: Justice?
"Forever looking over their should"

I see. They may not even care about it if there is no arrest warranted.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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11/28/2017 | 11:03:02 AM
Why not arrested?
 

I am wondering why do not arrest him, they do not have enough evidence maybe?
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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11/27/2017 | 12:41:54 PM
Critical Data?
If we are talking national security, medical data, credit card info and such --- or WOPR for that sake - then I have real worries but HBO???  Yes it is sad to see a hack and there may be some financial data there but .... if we are talking scripts and Hollywood content?  Really - we have much larger worries in security than HBO. 
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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11/22/2017 | 11:30:13 AM
Justice?
So if this individual has yet to be arrested by US authorities what is their current status? "Forever looking over their should", seems to me to be less of a victory of justice then what the article implies.
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