"Behzad Mesri, an Iranian national who had previously hacked computer systems for the Iranian military, allegedly infiltrated HBO's systems, stole proprietary data, including scripts and plot summaries for unaired episodes of Game of Thrones, and then sought to extort HBO of $6 million in Bitcoins", Kim said.
Acting US attorney Joon Kim shared the news at a Manhattan press conference, stating authorities believe Mesri is in Iran, though they did not comment on his exact whereabouts.
It also alleged that he helped an Iranian hacking group, Turk Black Hat Security Team, deface hundreds of websites in the United States and other countries.
"He will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear that he will be arrested on these charges".
Kim said Mesri also had a history of hacking on behalf of the Iranian military.
There is no extradition treaty between the USA and Iran meaning that if Mesri stays put, he's likely to remain a free man. The wire-fraud charge carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison.More news: Paxton Lynch named Denver Broncos' Week 12 starting QB
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Late July it was reported that hackers had stolen proprietary information from media giant HBO.
The hacker, Behzad Mesri, also known as "Skote Vahshat", was involved "in a scheme to obtain unauthorized access to the computer systems of Home Box Office, Inc".
According to the complaint, Mesri's attempt to hack into HBO network began around May and lasted till approximately August of 2017.
A spokesman for HBO said Tuesday that the company has been "working with law enforcement from the early stages of the cyber incident". The email concluded with an image of the Night King, a character from "Game of Thrones", and said: "Good luck to HBO". He then increased the ransom to $6 million.
USA officials released a document that allegedly identificeret a natural person that was behind the abduction of the data on the series Game of thrones from the company website HBO.
USA prosecutors say Behzad Mesri previously worked for Iran's military, hacking into the IDF and Israel's critical infrastructure, before trying to blackmail the studio for $6 million worth of crypto-currency Bitcoin.