THE next episode of “Game of Thrones” has been stolen and leaked online, three days ahead of its scheduled release.
A low-resolution copy of the fourth episode of HBO’s blockbuster drama’s seventh season was uploaded on a Reddit thread last night ahead of its U.S. premiere date on Sunday.
The leaked episode, titled “The Spoils of War”, carries a small “for internal viewing only” watermark in the top left corner of the screen.
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Despite being removed from the original Reddit thread shortly after being posted, quick-thinking fans had already downloaded and re-uploaded it to a range of streaming websites where it remains available for anyone to watch.
The illegal release comes just days after anonymous group “little.finger66” hacked HBO and claimed to have stolen an unprecedented 1.5 terabytes of data.
Some of the files have already been leaked, including the script for the now-leaked Game of Thrones episode.
If the group ends up releasing all 1.5 terabytes, the hacking would go down as the biggest in the industry’s history.
However, according to a spokesperson from HBO, the leak was related to one of its distribution partners, Star India, and was not related to this week’s hack.
“This confirms the compromise of episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7, earlier this afternoon,” a statement from a Star India representative said.
“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.
“This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action,” the statement concluded.
The leaked Game of Thrones episode “The Spoils of War” is set to air in Australia on Monday.