HBO filed a sue against an Iranian hacker allegedly responsible for this year’s hack. Earlier this year, HBO suffered a major data hack which gave ‘Game of Thrones’ fans a taste of the anticipated Season 7.
Now, the government is looking for a former Iranian military hacker Behzad Mesri, who was found guilty of the stolen material.
Winter has come for Behzad Mesri
This summer, a hacker went after HBO and obtained scripts and unreleased episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, ‘Ballers’ and ‘The Deuce’. Following the hack attack, he demanded $6 million in bitcoin from the media giant and threatened to release more confidential information if his demands weren’t met.
Well, on Tuesday, a judgment against the hacker was from a federal grand jury for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York was unsealed. “Winter has come for Behzad Mesri,” said US Attorney Joon Kim.
“He will forever be looking over his shoulder. And if he isn’t, he should be.” Behzad Mesri, also known as “Skote Vahshat,” a former Iranian military hacker is said to be part of a hacker group called Turk Black Hat Security.
It’s unclear how the authorities in the United States identified the alleged HBO hacker.
Even when he was identified, it is certain that based on current US-Iran relations Mesri won’t be extradited to the US whatsoever.
Game Of Thrones security is so tight, not even the actors know what happens
Following the hacker attack, HBO has become seriously confidential in terms of its precious jem ‘Game of Thrones,’ to the point that the scripts are given to actors prior to the episode’s shooting.
And the same happens when it comes to the show’s anticipated final season. Recently, president Casey Bloys said the show is taking measures avoid revealing its ending.
“I know in ‘Game of Thrones,’ the ending, they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that nobody really know what happens,” Bloys said. “You have to do that on a long show. Because when you’re shooting something, people know,” he explained.
“They’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no real definitive answer until the end.”
Shooting more than one ending is typical in the industry as a way to maintain the mystery.
The media giant announced last year that the hit series would end with Season 8. Season 7 concluded on August 27 after only seven episodes and not the usual 10.
A premiere date for the anticipated Season 8 has not been set. However, Bloys said it could air in either 2018 or 2019, depending upon executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Source: Death Rattle