Saturday, 19 August, 2017

'Game of Thrones' Sunday episode reportedly leaks online after HBO hack

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in"Game of Thrones."HBO
Edmund Wade | 05 August, 2017, 00:17

Just a warning to you Game of Thrones fan out there: the fourth episode of season 7 has leaked online. "This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action", a Star India spokesperson said.

The first four episodes of Season 5 were leaked online ahead of the release date and a Season 6 episode was accidentally shared a day early.

A security company that HBO hired to scrub the search results for data coming from the hack told Google that the hackers stole "thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents". While initial reports indicated that full episodes of "Ballers" and "Insecure" had been stolen, it appears now as though hackers also got their hands on a new "Game of Thrones" episode as well.

What's up with Game of Thrones shorting us on content this season?! The episode, "The Spoils Of War", was apparently posted in some Reddit thread via Google Drive, in what The Verge describes as "a low-quality format", as if that matters to anyone on Reddit. The leaked version bears watermarks indicating that it was a screener meant for internal viewing, perhaps for censoring prior to telecast. "Shortly after we started examining the incident and are working with the police force and worldwide cybersecurity organizations". Today, the hackers kept their promise and leaked the upcoming episode 4 of GoT Season 7.

Variety discovered the newest threat via an automated email reply sent by the hackers stating the group will "release the leak gradually every week" citing "Sunday 12 GMT" as the next potential time.

Hackers have leaked the script of an upcoming GOT episode which is now the hottest show on television. The development harked back to the now infamous 2014 Sony hack, however, the HBO incident seems to be of even greater magnitude.

He wrote that "we do not believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised", and said that the investigation was ongoing.

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