As if the recent cyberattack didn’t give HBO enough to worry about, now the pay-cable company has another issue to deal with after an upcoming episode of its megahit “Game of Thrones” was leaked online in what an HBO insider says is a separate incident.
EW.com reports that a copy of Sunday’s episode 4, “The Spoils of War,” is “now out in the digital wild.” “The new episode has leaked from Star India, one of HBO’s international network partners, which receives episodes in advance of air. (There’s a watermark on the video which revealed Star India as the source),” EW reports.
The report quotes a statement from a Star India spokesperson saying: “This confirms the compromise of episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7, earlier this afternoon. 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. This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”
EW adds: “In theory, Star India could have been separately hacked by the same person or persons who infiltrated HBO. But content slipping out from HBO’s distributors has occurred occasionally in the past and network insiders believe this is more akin to those previous situations.”