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Iranian man accused of holding Game of Thrones episodes hostage

Iranian man accused of holding Game of Thrones episodes hostage

Mezri's pseudonym is "SkoteVashat" and he was allegedly part of an Iranian hacker group which goes by the name of Turk Black Hat.

Mesri's image has been placed on FBI "Wanted" posters.

He allegedly downloaded huge amounts of data, including video files of unreleased episodes of Ballers, Barry, Room 104, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Deuce.

Mezri is still in Iran and subsequently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation might only be able to get a hold of him if he passes through another country, as the United States of America has no extradition treaty with Iran.

USA prosecutors charged Mesri with the hack in a sealed indictment that was released on Tuesday, although Mesri is believed to be Iran.

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"He will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear of being arrested and brought here", Kim said.

"Today's charges make clear that nation-states, like Iran, routinely employ alleged criminals, mercenaries, like Mesri, to conduct network attacks in America and elsewhere", Kim said.

He also stole financial documents, credentials for HBO's social-media accounts and the emails of at least one HBO employee, the indictment said.

He was charged with one count of wire fraud, one count of computer hacking, three counts of threatening to impair the confidentiality of information, one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of interstate transmission of an extortionate communication.

In a July 23 anonymous e-mail sent to HBO, Mesri allegedly threatened: "Yes it's true!"

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We all know about the Game Of Thrones hacker that was a pain in the neck for HBO.

A spokesman for HBO said Tuesday that the company has been "working with law enforcement from the early stages of the cyber incident".

The indictment, filed in NY, alleges that in July this year Mesri stole "confidential and proprietary data belonging to HBO, including video files of unaired episodes of Ballers, Barry, Room 104, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Deuce".

The alleged hacker broke in to United States broadcaster HBO's computer system and demanded a ransom in Bitcoin.

Another email later that day included a threat to publicly release the stolen data, including unaired TV episodes and scripts, unless HBO paid a ransom of approximately $5.5 million worth of bitcoin.

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