Online Hacker Group Spreads Newest Game of Thrones Episode

by Wade Massey August 5, 2017, 0:19

The hackers allegedly leaked the script for the fourth episode of this season's Game of Thrones and claimed to publish upcoming episodes of Ballers and Room 104.

"The Spoils of War" - which is the shortest ever Game of Thrones episode (50 minutes), airs Sunday, August 6th. "This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action", a Star India spokesperson said.

This isn't the first time Game of Thrones has fallen victim to episode leaks, nor is this the most egregious. It said the security company hired to kill search result links to the leaked files, revealed that the documents were stolen in a DMCA takedown notice it sent to Google in order to get the results removed. It remains to be seen what the alleged hacker will release in the near future, however, after teasing emails and company data the leaks may only be beginning. Hacking into HBO and stealing "Game of Thrones" piggybacks on one of the most active talking points in the world. The first episode of season six also leaked early, but that copy was in glorious 1080p.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, specific content was targeted in the hack, while no ransom demand was made - leading to fears that sensitive information could be leaked.

It's not just episodes of Thrones that have been taken by the hackers. The leaked version bears watermarks indicating that it was a screener meant for internal viewing, perhaps for censoring prior to telecast.

In a statement given by HBO, it states that: "We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cyber-security firms", it added. Gadgets 360 has also reached out to Star India for a comment on whether it has a faced a hack of its own. In fact, the email said that the hackers plan to release new information every Sunday for the foreseeable future.

On Wednesday, HBO president and CEO Richard Plepler told employees of the network that the hackers likely didn't break into its email system.

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