While this weekend’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Spoils of War”, appeared online early this morning, The Verge has reported that this leak was not a part of the hack from earlier this week.
According to The Verge, sources familiar with HBO’s security say that a leak from a distribution partner is the source of “The Spoils of War” appearing online.
The report says that the distribution partner responsible for the leak is Star India, as the company’s logo appears watermarked one the leaked episode. Due to the fact that HBO struggled to run its own branch in India, they sold distribution rights to Star India in 2015.
Early this week, hackers reportedly stole 1.5 terabytes of data, however, they only published scripts for upcoming episodes.
via The Verge:
HBO was subject to a security breach earlier this week, allowing hackers to reportedly obtain 1.5 terabytes of stolen data from the company’s US servers. Sources familiar with HBO’s security leak tell The Verge that this was not related to this episode leak. This latest episode has leaked from a distribution partner and not as a direct result of the recent HBO security breach. Hackers have so far only published script outlines on the web, rather than full episodes.
HBO has had to battle with Game of Thrones leaks a number of times in the past. The first four episodes of season 5 leaked online, thanks to advance screeners that are sent out to members of the press. A HBO subsidiary also released a season 6 episode a day early. HBO decided to scrap screeners for season 7, but that hasn’t stopped an episode leaking from a distribution partner. The Verge has reached out to HBO for comment, and we’ll update you accordingly.