Earlier this year, HBO was the victim of a hacking incident. The hacker in question broke into their servers, and proceeded to attempt to extort them for $5.5 million. While Game of Thrones was still airing, the hacker threatened to released unaired episodes of the fantasy series — as well as financial info — should they not pay him.
The hacker has now been identitfied as Iranian Behzad Mesri, and according to Variety, he is being charged with “seven criminal counts, including computer hacking and fraud; wired fraud; interstate transmission of an extortionate communication; and aggravated identity theft.”
Unfortunately for all parties involved, save for Mesri, they are unable to arrest him at this time, because he is currently in Iran. Speaking at a press conference, Joon Kim, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters:
“He will never be able to travel outside of Iran without fear that he will be arrested on these charges.”
A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and should he get caught, Mesri could face up a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison: “up to five years for each of the four charges related to computer fraud; a two-year mandatory sentence for aggravated identity theft; and up to two years in prison for the extortion charge.”
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