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


(HBO), stealing data - including episodes of the popular television series "Game of Thrones" - and attempting to extort $6 million worth of the digital currency bitcoin from the company.

"He will forever be looking over his shoulder and if he isn't, he should be", said U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in a press conference Tuesday in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in New York City.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY plans to hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. regarding its case of Behzad Mesri, who is accused of stealing 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO servers earlier this year.

He is accused of stealing proprietary info such as "Game of Thrones" scripts and summaries, as well as un-aired episodes of "Ballers", "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Deuce".

According to the indictment, Mesri had conducted reconnaissance on HBO's computer network and employees, looking for vulnerabilities. A week later, he began leaking portions of the cache over the internet and to media outlets. "As far as the criminal case is concerned, we prefer to leave any comments to the US Attorney's Office", he said in an email.

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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".

HBO might not be falling, but the mask protecting the identify of a hacker going by the name of Mr. Smith appears to be.

"HBO has confirmed in the past that we were working with law enforcement from the early stages of the cyber incident", the network said Tuesday. He added, with a nod to Game of Thrones: "Winter has come for Behzad Mesri".

It might be a total coincidence, but on the same day of his indictment, a team of hackers took Sacramento's transportation system by storm, erasing data from their servers and demanding a ransom of one single Bitcoin, which is more than $8200 at this time.

In a statement in August, HBO said that was not communicating with the hacker.