We all know about the Game Of Thrones hacker that was a pain in the neck for HBO. He leaked Game Of Thrones episodes which resulted in more than just a bit of a loss for HBO. That Game Of Thrones hacker has been identified as Iranian national, Behzad Mesri. He has been charged with hacking HBO and for blackmail.
The Game Of Thrones hacker tired to black main HBO by asking for $6 million worth of Bitcoin. While most companies would not negotiate with hackers and extremists, HBO tried to sort out the problem by offering to pay $250,000 but the offer was declined. Mesri is also known as Skote Vahshat had the following to say in this regard:
“Our demand is clear and Non-Negotiable: We want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your Data. HBO spends 12 million for Market Research and 5 million for GOT7 advertisements. So consider us another budget for your advertisements!”
It turns out that this is not the only attack that the hacker is associated with. He was also involved in the computer network attacks that were aimed at the Israeli infrastructure. The Game Of Thrones hacker stole 1.5 TB of data from HBO and published some of it online as well.
Winter Has Come For The Game Of Thrones Hacker
An email regarding the negotiations with the extremist was made public to media and it stated the following:
“As a show of good faith on our side, we are willing to commit to making a bug bounty payment of $250,000 to you as soon as we can establish the necessary account and acquire bitcoin,”
It turns out that HBO had been cooperating with law enforcement agencies from the start in order to prevent further damage. Joon Kim, the acting US attorney in Manhattan had the following to say about the Game Of Thrones hacker:
“In Game of Thrones, ‘winter is coming’ is the motto of the House of Stark. Today, winter has come for Behzad Mesri.”
The hacker has yet to make any comments on the charges and he may have committed these crimes from halfway across the world which means that US law enforcement can do little at this point in time but one this is for sure, he will be looking over his shoulder.
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