Episode 4, The Spoils of War leaked, Star India responsible

Under the banner "HBO is falling" an unknown hacker has published links to what purports to be information about unaired episodes of Game of Thrones online.

Instead, this episode leak stems from a security breach at HBO distribution partner Star India. It would seem that Game of Thrones season 7, episode 4 was part of that.

There's no word yet on what the hackers plan to do with the compromised data, though HBO are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to uncover the cyber criminals' identities.

HBO declined to specify what materials had been targeted in the earlier hack, although episodes of Ballers and Room 104 were rumoured to have been stolen. Whether that means fresh Game of Thrones content or not is yet to be uncovered. The first episode of season six also leaked early, but that copy was in glorious 1080p. "This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action", a Star India spokesperson said in a statement.

Hackers had previously leaked the script for an upcoming episode of Game Of Thrones. Dubbed, boastfully, by the perpetrators as "the greatest leak of cyber space era", hackers reportedly compromised 1.5TB of data from cable channel HBO. In 2015 the first four episodes of the fifth season were leaked online before they aired. Unlike the theft of "Orange Is The New Black" and the supposed theft-turned-hoax of "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales", there was no ransom attempt made against HBO. On July 29, the company alerted its more than 2,500 employees of hack and advised them not to open any suspicious emails. Hacking into HBO and stealing "Game of Thrones" piggybacks on one of the most active talking points in the world. Interestingly, HBO has even sent one DMCA notice to Google which was reported by Hollywood gossip website, Variety.

A security company has reported thousands of internal documents were taken, and said the email system also was hacked.

  • Kyle Peterson