It’s been a hell of a week for HBO.
First, they have their entire network compromised and a massive amount of internal data stolen by hackers. Now, not even a week later, the fourth episode of season seven of Game of Thrones has leaked.
Titled “Spoils of War”, the episode is available for any internet savvy individual that knows just where to look. Everyone not wanting to ruin the surprise will have to turn off their Twitter feeds to avoid spoilers before this Sunday.
To be clear, this latest leak is not part of the HBO hack that took place earlier this week. It’s also not the first time Game of Thrones has seen one of its episodes leak online before air day. In 2015, four episodes from season five of what had arguably become the most popular TV show leaked online before the start of the season.
Last time, the culprit was a preview copy that was sent to the press for early review. HBO has since halted the practice of sending out press copies in order to avoid their programming from popping up online before their intended air date.
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This time, it seems that one of HBO’s international distributors is to blame. Star India is an Indian media company that handles the distribution of HBO content for the country, and it looks like they may have a spy in their midst. You can see the Star India watermark in the leaked video (not that we would ever watch the episode before Sunday. It was purely for journalistic purposes).
A Star India spokesperson was quick to address the allegations leveled at the company. “We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”
Before the leak, HBO revealed earlier this week they had been the victim of a massive data breach, with over 1.5 terabytes of company information stolen. Entire episodes of Ballers and Room 104 were posted online, and what was believed to be a script from an upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was also posted.
The hackers threatened to post more from their heist, but this leak may have very well beat them to the punch.
Source : therichest.com/buzz/episode-4-game-thrones-leaks-online/