Feds reveal HBO's alleged Game of Thrones hacker in wanted poster

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Mesri has been charged with multiple counts, including, wire fraud, computer hacking, aggravated identify theft and interstate transmission of extortionate communication.

Kim also said that Mesri, who is not now in US custody, has a history of hacking on behalf of the Iranian military. He is not now in United States custody.

Behzad Mesri, an Iran-based hacker, allegedly hacked into HBO servers in May, stole confidential company data over the course of several months, and then attempted to extort HBO for $6 million in Bitcoin, according to the indictment released by USA prosecutors in Manhattan Tuesday morning.

Behzad Mesri was charged with conducting the high-profile attack in which hackers over the summer demanded $6 million from the channel before leaking unreleased episodes of HBO's top-rated shows, including "Game of Thrones".

Considering Mersei now isn't in the United States, it may take some time for him to be caught by the USA government, but hopefully this sends a clear message to those looking to hack into HBO and leak the final season of Game of Thrones - which will be airing sometime in 2018 or 2019. HBO received emails that indicated the information and episodes were being held for ransom, and that they would be released and/or destroyed if the cabler did not pay, Kim said, adding that HBO did not make payments.

"Hi to all losers!" one read.

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It's unknown if HBO paid its hackers any money, but the stolen HBO files began leaking on July 30.

In the initial ransom note sent to HBO, the hacker said, "Its [sic] a game for us".

"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.

Mesri has also been accused of defacing numerous HBO-affiliated pages, like the network's Giphy page (above). He was then able to steal unaired episodes of popular shows such as "Ballers", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", and "Room 104" between May and July. Just previous year, he noted, the federal government charged seven Iranians with carrying out a cyber attack on dozens of U.S. banks on behalf of the Iranian government.

At the time, HBO said of the extortion scheme, "That's a game we're not going to participate in".

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