Remember the infamous Game of Thrones hack of season seven?
Guess it’s safe to say that winter has come for the person behind the hack. A former Iranian military hacker has been charged on Wednesday by United States prosecutors with stealing scripts from the makers in HBO to raise bitcoin.
It was revealed that the Iranian military hacker was in it for money, prosecutors from America have charged Behzad Mesri and said that the Iranian had demanded $6 billion in untraceable digital currency as extortion.
Behzad once worked for the Iranian government as a hacker. Mesri however appears to have hacked the Game of thrones episodes hoping for enormous amount of money which was supposed to be paid in untraceable bitcoin.
Even after repeated threats, when HBO refused to pay the amount, he started leaking the episodes on July 30. HBO had also offered to make a good faith payment for $250,000 as part of the negotiations. But it is still unclear whether HBO actually paid the amount or not.
Mesri had earlier threatened to release the finale of the show ahead of its air date. In a statement released by the hacker group (Behzad Mesri) had claimed that the stolen data — five terabytes in size — had been sold to three customers on the deep web.
Mesri was also able to access full scripts and cast lists of the season at a time when only two episodes of the season was released. Behzad had then written in an email to HBO executives which read ‘Hi to all Losers! Yes it's true! HBO is hacked! ... Beware of heart attack!!!’ A week later he had sent HBO information on where to send the ransom payments following which he started leaking videos of the shows.