Published: Sat, August 05, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Game Of Thrones Episode 4 Of Season 7 Leaked Before Airing

Game Of Thrones Episode 4 Of Season 7 Leaked Before Airing

Following news that thousands of files have been stolen from HBO, the fourth episode of Game of Thrones season 7 has leaked online in middling quality. Yep, this Sunday's Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 4, "The Spoils of War", clocks in at only 50 minutes, the shortest episode in the show's entire run so far.

Instead, this episode leak stems from a security breach at HBO distribution partner Star India.

"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".

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. At this moment, it is unclear if this version of the leaked episode can be traced back to the HBO hack.

The final season of "Game of Thrones" will air in 2018. The temptation of an unadulterated early access to an unreleased Game of Thrones episode is quite hard to resist, after all.

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A screenshot of the leaked episode, with Star India watermarks visible. Mumbai-based Star India operates more than 40 channels in eight different languages.

That email comes courtesy of Variety, who reported that the hackers will upload new content on Sunday at "12 GMT", which is Greenwich Mean Time.

While specific details about exactly what data has been stolen, several websites and forums claim to have leaked content containing spoilers and character arcs of upcoming episodes, most notably, the soon to be aired, "Spoils of War". After news of the attacks began circulating, HBO issued a statement: "HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information", the broadcaster said.

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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