'Game of Thrones' Episode 4 Leaks Before Airing; Hack Unrelated

Posted August 07, 2017

This isn't the first Game of Thrones leak, as the first four episodes of Season 5 were released online before the season premiere, leading HBO to stop providing advance copies for review by journalists.

HBO was the victim of a hack that seems to be growing in proportion every day, but this leak was unrelated, according to The Verge's sources. A Star India spokesperson confirmed the episode's authenticity to Entertainment Weekly and also said the company would be starting an investigation into the breach.

They also stated that they are going to take this matter seriously and the perpetrators will face legal remedial actions. Last week some of HBO's data, along with the script of some unaired episodes of Game of Thrones, and some other shows were hacked.

The channel acknowledged the cyber attack, all but confirming the leaked script for Game of Thrones ' fourth episode - titled "The Spoils of War" - was real.

Earlier this week, HBO became the latest victim of a data breach, which saw a hacking group claim to have retrieved 1.5TB of data from the company's servers.

This is not the first Game of Thrones leak to take place as the show's popularity has made it a prime target for hackers. So we can't necessarily blame hackers for this one, but rather some jerk from one of HBO's distribution partners. If you can't wait until Sunday but can deal with a low-quality viewing experience, you can find the episode 4 online.

The leaked episode, slated for release on August 6 in the U.S. and August 7 in India, is said to be original, although low in quality. A report on EW confirmed that there's even a water mark on the video which says Star India. Article updated following HBO's statement that the two leaks might be different incidents.

It appears that a different hack is responsible for the leaked episode.