HBO said it is investigating a leak of episodes of the new season of its fantasy hit “Game of Thrones” after four episodes surfaced online Saturday, Mashable reports.
“The first four episodes of the series started making their way around the Internet Saturday night after being uploaded to several Torrent sites, a day prior to the official Sunday premiere,” the story reports. “The leaks come just one week after Greg Spence, ‘Game of Thrones” post-production producer, fretted about the likelihood of someone uploading leaked footage to the Internet.”
The high-profile drama series was also at the center of a leak back in January, when the premiere of its trailer was leaked via cellphone, the report notes. But the latest leak is far more serious.
A spokesperson for HBO told the publication: “Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of ‘Game of Thrones’ originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them. We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.”
The popular show has long had a reputation as the most often illegally downloaded program worldwide. In an effort to stem potential piracy, HBO went to the trouble of scheduling simultaneous premiere airings of the show worldwide — the aim being to reduce the incentive for piracy in countries where the show had previously been on a delayed viewing schedule.