Game of Thrones episode 6 leaks due to HBO error

Lawrence Kim
August 19, 2017

"The error appears to have originated with a third party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized", it added.

Spain, the global version of the cable network, accidentally posted the penultimate episode of "Game of Thrones" season seven.

Episode six is due to air on Sunday.

Hackers found the episode before it was taken down and posted the episode on file-sharing sites and Reddit, where it was widely viewed, The Verge reported.

The fantasy series is one of the most popular and acclaimed shows on television.

Europe said in a note it had "learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms". The suspects were connected with Star India, which has the rights to air the series in the country.

Prime Focus Technologies, a subsidiary of the global entertainment services company Prime Focus, said in a statement Wednesday that the leak "was not a system hack, but an illegal breach of obligations by the concerned persons despite PFT's continual internal emphasis on protocols of content security and ethical practices".

Still, the criminals may be holding on to more damaging data- both intellectual property, like unaired programming, and sensitive personal information of HBO employees - that they can use as leverage to try to get money from HBO, said Gartner analyst Avivah Litan. "The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention". In 2015, the first four episodes of the fifth season were leaked shortly after the premiere.

These two incidents happened as HBO deals with a group of hackers who stole 1.5 terabytes of information, and have been releasing episodes of several shows gradually.

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