The person responsible for hacking into HBO computers and leaking unaired scripts and episodes of The Game of Thrones has been identified and charged by US authorities.

Whilst the seventh season of the fantasy series, The Game of Thrones, was the most-watched season till date, filled to overflow with powerful battles, family conflicts, and spectacular visual effects, fans were being continually spoiled due to leaks (which most choose to watch).

Trouble first reared its ugly head for the series even before it aired when the entire plot of season 7 somehow leaked online. While most fans thought it was simply too good to be true, HBO’s worst nightmares were compounded when Game of Thrones cast members such as Nathalie Emmanuel tweeted their disapproval of ‘bad’ people ruining the season for everyone. Things then took a turn for the worse all through the run of the eight episode as more leaks surfaced –  whole scripts of Game of Thrones and then the biggest episode of that season, ‘Beyond the Wall’, the episode where Jon led his party far beyond the Wall to capture a white walker, an even which nearly cost him his life, a second time.

The USA Today reports that the hacker has been identified and charged by the US government. The culprit was a former Iranian military hacker named Behzad Mesri who was, reportedly, in it “for the money” and previously used his hacking skills to attack “Western nuclear software systems and Israeli installations.”  Mesri has been charged by U.S. prosecutors with stealing material including scripts for Game of Thrones and demanding $6 billion in untraceable digital currency as extortion.

When HBO refused to pay, he began leaking the unaired episodes on July 30. He is currently still believed to be in Iran, but U.S. officials are hoping the charges will deter anyone in the future of thinking of hacking into HBO, or any other major media company. Here is what U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said in a press conference:


“He will forever be looking over his shoulder and if he isn’t, he should be. … Hackers may think they’re [a] face behind the anonymity of the keyboard, but eventually, winter will come.”

Considering Mersei currently isn’t in the United States, it may take some time for him to be caught by the U.S. government, but hopefully this sends a clear message to those looking to hack into HBO and leak the final season of Game of Thrones – which will be airing sometime in 2018 or 2019. For many fans, it ruins the Thrones experience when you’re too afraid to browse the Internet due to spoilers – especially considering sites like YouTube will use preview images (that are quite spoilery) for videos that contain leaks.


So, let’s try and leave the real drama in Westeros since winter is coming.  When Game of Thrones returns we will see how the winter goes..

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