The fourth episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” seventh season has been leaked to the internet following the network’s massive hack, and as I write this, I’m using every last ounce of discipline I have to not start downloading that puppy right now.
Earlier this week, HBO announced that its servers had been the target of a cyberattack that saw hackers claim to have accessed HBO’s internal network and email system to harvest stolen information.
CEO Richard Plepler wrote in an email to employees that “we do not believe that our email system as a whole has been compromised,” but also brought on an outside firm to help employees protect their finances from any nefarious activity.
Now that the fourth episode of its flagship series has been leaked, HBO is blaming distribution partner Star India, which receives episodes in advance of their original airing. The company’s logo can be seen on the pirated copy, as well as the ironic words: “for internal viewing only.” Yeah, right.
“This confirms the compromise of episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7, earlier this afternoon,” a Star India spokesperson said in a statement. “We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our end and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause. This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”
Hackers reportedly stole a jaw-dropping 1.5 terabytes of data and have published scripts for the rest of Season 7’s episodes. Some fan websites have scrambled to prevent spoilers by preventing users from posting their theories about upcoming episodes, as some “theorizers” may have actually read the script and are merely spoiling the show in a creative fashion.