Unaired Episode of 'Game of Thrones' Leaks Online Amid HBO Hack

  • Unaired Episode of 'Game of Thrones' Leaks Online Amid HBO Hack

Unaired Episode of 'Game of Thrones' Leaks Online Amid HBO Hack

This Game of Thrones episode leak was due to the entertainment company's distributor in India, which apparently lost the fourth episode of season seven, The Hollywood Reporter said on Friday. The upcoming episode - set to air August 6 in the USA, and August 7 in India - contains two watermarks: a "Star India" one in the bottom-right corner, and a "for internal viewing only" one in the top-left corner.

Despite filing multiple DMCAs, a short search on Google for "Spoils of War" will bring up at least 25 websites detailing the entire episode.

According to Gizmodo, the video appeared to be of a relatively low quality and was watermarked with Star TV India, a 21st Century Fox company.

Also made available by the hackers were two episodes of upcoming HBO comedy show "Barry" and one of the "Insecure" show.

"The fact that you have law enforcement and a [cybersecurity] firm involved most likely means this will be a very large incident for HBO", Erik Rasmussen, an employee of the cyber security firm Kroll, told THR. HBO has yet to issue an official response to this leak. Although 1.5 terabytes of data was reportedly stolen by miscreants, in the aftermath, it was the theft of an upcoming Game of Thrones script that led to what may be called wide-spread chaos and mayhem, with HBO running for cover. The temptation of an unadulterated early access to an unreleased Game of Thrones episode is quite hard to resist, after all.

Game of Thrones season 7 can be streamed on Hotstar every Monday at 7.30 am and is telecast on Star World every Tuesday night at 11 pm.

In 2015, four episodes were leaked ahead of the fifth season premiere. "Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing for all of us", Plepler said. It is a textbook example of quintessential HBO teamwork.

Guess we'll all find out on Sunday morning. "As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully". The hackers specifically threatened to release more information about the network's shows, including Game of Thrones, Ballers, and Room 104.