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New Game of Thrones episode leak wasn't part of HBO hack

05 August 2017

On Monday, Entertainment Weekly reported a script for the next episode of GoT, "The Spoils of War", had been leaked, as well as episodes of Ballers and new comedy Room 104.

"Yes, we hacked HBO and 1.5 TB of sensitive data and films is in our hands!"

Previously, season 5's first four episodes leaked online, after press screeners were released, while an HBO subsidiary showed a season 6 episode one day ahead of its scheduled broadcast.

Star India has confirmed the leak and has initiated an investigation. That's despite news of a recently disclosed hack at HBO that may have led to the leaking of some "Game of Thrones" data. "This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action", Star India said, The Verge reported. This week's episode of the HBO hit show was leaked on the internet Friday morning. The season seven premiere of Game of Thrones garnered some 90 million pirate downloads and streams, so you can imagine how much interest a leaked version of the finale would attract.

At a running time of 50 minutes, the episode clocks as the shortest episode in the HBO drama's history.

"We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms", HBO officials said in a statement. According to one report by Variety, apparently there have been thousands of internal company documents stolen, including the personal information of several employees, and passwords of at least one senior executive of HBO.

Some journalists received emails last Sunday night, written in somewhat halting English, announcing "the greatest leak of cyber space era is happening" and urging the media to spread the word. Reports also suggest that the episode in question may not be the final edited cut, but, that doesn't really matter now, does it?