Mesri is a known associate of the Charming Kittens group, and a known member of the Blackhat Security Group located within Iran. In November 2017, the United States Department of Justice unsealed an indictment against Behzad Mesri (AKA “Skote Vahshat”) for his involvement in hacking and extortion of HBO, and for the theft of confidential information, including upcoming episodes of “Game of Thrones”, and other unreleased episodes of television shows.
Mesri was the CEO of an Iranian entity that allegedly worked at the behest of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and was allegedly used in furtherance of a malicious cyber campaign targeting current and former members of the United States Intelligence Community.
At certain times, Mesri was also a member of an Iran-based hacking group called Turk Black Hat security team. It was through this membership that security researcher Collin Anderson identified Mesri’s twitter account in a tweet suggesting that Mesri could be related to Charming Kitten.