Mesri has worked for the Iranian military to launch cyberattacks against Israel and has been a member of a Tehran-based hacking group called Turk Black Hat Security, which has conducted hundreds of website defacements against US sites.
Included in the theft were scripts for the shows "Game of Thrones", "Ballers", "Barry", "Room 104", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", and "The Deuce". The decision to indict him is part of a "name and shame" strategy the USA government has used in the past to try to curb the work of foreign hackers it doesn't expect to apprehend. "Yes it's true! HBO is hacked.Beware of heart attacks".
USA federal prosecutors allege that Mesri leaked some of the stolen data on the Internet. He said Mesri would face consequences even though USA authorities could not immediately arrest him.
Mesri also at times worked on behalf of the Iranian hacker group Turk Black Hat Security to conduct "hundreds of website defacements" of platforms in the United States and elsewhere, the indictment alleges.
The Department of Justice has charged a former Iranian military hacker who authorities said hacked into HBO servers and tried to profit from data he allegedly stole.
Because of the new indictment, Kim said, the suspect will not be able to leave his home country without risking arrest and extradition to the United States.
He demanded up to $6 million to keep the data secret in extortion emails to HBO staff, some of which ended with photos of Night King, a menacing zombie villain from "Game of Thrones", according to the indictment. He 'promoted" the "Games of Thrones' leak by sending emails to the media.
It might be a total coincidence, but on the same day of his indictment, a team of hackers took Sacramento's transportation system by storm, erasing data from their servers and demanding a ransom of one single Bitcoin, which is more than $8200 at this time.
In a statement in August, HBO said that was not communicating with the hacker. The push to announce Iran-related cases has caused internal alarm, according to people familiar with the discussions, with some law enforcement officials fearing that senior Justice Department officials want to reveal the cases because the Trump administration wants Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran.