Game of Thrones hacker worked with US defector to hack Air Force employees for Iran

Catalin Cimpanu reports:

The US Department of Justice unsealed today espionage-related charges against a former US Air Force service member who defected to Iran and helped the country’s hackers target her former Air Force colleagues.

Besides charges and an arrest warrant issued in the name of the former USAF service member, the DOJ also indicted four Iranian hackers who supposedly carried out the cyber-attacks acting on information provided by Witt.

The most notable of the four Iranian hackers is Behzad Mesri, who US authorities also charged in November 2017 with hacking HBO, stealing scripts for unaired episodes of season 6 of the hit series Game Of Thrones TV show, and later attempting to extort HBO execs for $6 million.

Read more on ZDNet.

The DOJ’s press release is reproduced below.  You can find a copy of the Witt indictment here (pdf).

Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage on Behalf of Iran; Four Iranians Charge

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