Approximately 1.5 terabyte of data was stolen from HBO, which included unaired episodes of the popular series Game of Thrones. The hackers made threats to leak the episodes periodically but someone else outdid them!
The hackers’ plot was foiled when the unaired Episode 4 of Season 7, 'The Spoils of War' was leaked and went viral on Friday afternoon. The episode was to be originally aired on Monday. Hotstar, the India streaming web services is said to be the source of this leak.
Piracy websites went abuzz after the file was illegally circulated. The episode lasts for 50 minutes which has the Star India watermark all throughout the episode run time.
According to a report on The Verge, “a leak from a distribution partner is the source of this episode appearing online. The distribution partner is Star India, and the company’s logo appears watermarked throughout the leaked episode.”
A Star India spokesperson confirmed the leak: “This confirms the compromise of episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7, earlier this afternoon,” the spokesperson said. “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.”
Episodes of Ballers and Room 104 were rumoured to have been stolen. However, this leak is a part of a separate incident.
HBO Chairman Richard Plepler wrote a message to employees about the original leak which the company shared with reporters. The message stated, “As most of you have probably heard by now, there has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming.”
In an automated email reply sent to Variety, the hackers wrote that they will “release the leak gradually every week,” adding that the next release may come on “Sunday"
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