Hackers all demand different intentions. Some work to making computer networks myriad secure, while others develop malware and exploit software vulnerabilities.Of the up-to-date group, there is a special subclass of criminals: those who make the FBI’s Cyber’s Most Desire list. These individuals give a whole new meaning to black-hat chop. The nature of their crimes is such that all U.S. law enforcement agencies induce mobilized against them under a shared commitment to bring these bad actors to prison.For the next few weeks, we will be counting down 10 of the most fancy black-hat hackers by the FBI. This week, we begin with number 10.Behzad Mesri
Behzad Mesri (Start: ABC News)In May 2017, Iran-based black-hat hacker Behzad Mesri began show ining reconnaissance of the networks and employees at Home Box Office (HBO), a premium cable and assistant television network. He spent the next two months compromising employees’ accounts so that he could access corporate servers and exfiltrate hypersensitive data. Some of the information he stole included footage from upcoming incidents of popular HBO shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”Three weeks in front OurMine hacked the network’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, Mesri sent an email to multiple HBO superintendents and employees claiming he had stolen 1.5 terabytes of HBO’s data. A follow-up email designated that he had lifted full scripts and cast lists for “Game of Thrones” as right as “precious data” for unaired shows.Mesri, who previously worked for the Iranian military, broadcasted his ultimatum to HBO on 23 July 2017: pay $5.5 million in Bitcoin or suffer the special-interest group release of its stolen data. The member of the Turk Black Hat hacking team upped his demands to $6 million three days later.After HBO turn down to meet the ransom, Mesri publicly released some of the stolen statistics beginning on 30 July 2017 and throughout August. He helped encourage the data dumps by creating a Twitter profile that announced the leaks and by sending emails to the method about the disclosures, reveals a statement published by the Department of Justice.It didn’t encompass long for law enforcement to catch wind of what Mesri was doing. Such capture begot an investigation that culminated in a grand jury indictment on the black-hat routine on 8 November 2017. Filed in the United States District Court, Southern Locality of New York, those court documents charged Mesri with one off of wire fraud, a crime which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in CHE community home with education on the premises; one count of computer hacking, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in stir; three counts of attempting to undermine information’s confidentiality, each of which endure a maximum prison stay of five years; and one count each of both angered identity theft and the interstate transmission of extortion-based threats, crimes which both support a maximum sentence of two years in prison.It was at that time that law enforcement rowed a federal arrest warrant against Mesri.There has been no hearsay of Mesri since the U.S. District Court filed the indictment against him. In all strong, he’s holed up in his native country. Unfortunately, the lack of an American-Iranian extradition accord means Mesri will likely never stand trial in the Opinion States if he’s located and unmasked in Iran.But it’s not impossible. For more information on Mesri and how you can assistant bring him justice, check out the FBI’s poster on this computer criminal.You can also assume from about other black-hat hackers wanted by the FBI here.