El Departamento de Justicia de los Estados Unidos acusó hoy a un hombre iraní como el supuesto responsable del hackeo a la cadena de televisión HBO, una filtración que llevó en agosto último a la publicación anticipada en la web de episodios y guiones de series populares como Game of Thrones.
En el texto de la acusación formal -disponible en https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/press-release/file/1013001/download- los fiscales alegan que Behzad Mesri obtuvo acceso al servidor de HBO al interceptar la cuenta de los empleados.
With that income, Mesri stole episodes not yet released from programs such as Ballers and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Game of Thrones scripts, while financial documents and accounts from social networks were also compromised.
The court alleges that when Mesri had the information, he contacted HBO and demanded around five million dollars – which later became six million – in bitcoins as a ransom for the stolen data, the technology publication The Verge reported today.
The defendant, whom prosecutors say is a computer attacker for the Iranian army, faces charges of computer fraud, identity theft and extortion.
These charges represent the last chapter of a story that put HBO’s computer security in check.
On July 30, that firm confirmed that it had gone through a “cybernetic incident”, after a group of attackers had awarded, through an e-mail sent to several journalists, 1.5 terabytes of information from that company.
Ten days later, the cyber-attackers released an email in which the US cable channel offered them $ 250,000 as a “reward” to retrieve confidential information that included Game of Thrones data, which was later denied by the entertainment company.