Joon Kim, the acting Manhattan U.S. attorney, said at a news conference that Mr. Mesri applied the skills he learned with the Iranian military to extort HBO for personal profit.
According to the complaint, Mesri's attempt to hack into HBO network began around May and lasted till approximately August of 2017.
As a result of the above, Mesri is charged with one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, one count of computer hacking (five years), three counts of threatening to impair the confidentiality of information (five years each), and one count of interstate transmission of an extortionate communication (two years).
A sealed indictment describes Mesri as a self-professed hacking expert, who once worked with military officials in his native Iran.
Prosecutors say Mesri threatened to delete data on HBO's computer system or release the stolen material unless he received $6 million in Bitcoin. It says he stole unaired episodes from shows including "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Deuce", story plot summaries and scripts for "Game of Thrones" and confidential cast and crew contact lists.
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"[Mesri] will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear of being arrested and brought here to face these charges", Kim said.
He is accused of compromising multiple user accounts, and in July of sending an anonymous email to HBO personnel saying: "Hi to All losers!" In July, he emailed HBO executives in NY providing evidence of the hack and demanding $5.5 million in digital currency, a figure later raised to $6 million, it says. He later raised the amount to US$6 million, according to prosecutors.
A spokesman with the U.S. Attorney's Office said that Mesri has not been arrested, but declined to comment on the suspect's whereabouts. The hack at HBO happened nearly three years after a high-profile breach at Sony Corp., which unleashed a trove of emails that embarrassed top executives.
HBO is a growth engine for Time Warner, generating $4.65 billion in revenue in the first nine months of the year, about 21% of the company's total revenue.
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