Game of Thrones Hacker Identified as an Iranian Man
HBO had the worst time in July this year when several of its unaired episodes of its much-awaited and popular fantasy drama Game of Thrones were leaked online. The leak wasn’t even a solitary instance but the episodes were leaked back-to-back online. After almost three months of detailed investigation and cyber attack, the US prosecutors have finally identified the hacker and charged him with unlawfully hacking into the HBO cable TV network and stealing important information. The man identified as the perpetrator is Behzad Mesri and is also known as Skote Vahshat. He is an Iranian national and has been accused of computer fraud, identity theft, wire fraud and trying to extort $6 million by using the stolen data. A hazy photo of the accused man has been released by the FBI.
Apparently, Behzad Mesri used to work as a hacker for the Iranian military. He used to employ his hacking skills in discovering military targets, nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure. He used various HBO employee accounts to break into the system by misusing their identities. Behzad Mesri referred to himself as Mr.Smith and used to send emails informing about the leak to various news reporters so that they can announce the breach. Kit Harington’s April Fool’s Prank On Fiancee Rose Leslie Will Tell You What Not To Do In A Relationship
Behzad Mesri hasn’t been arrested yet but he faces grave consequences for his action. Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement as reported by Vanity Fair, “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.”