'Game of Thrones' episode leaked online not related to HBO hack

'Game of Thrones' episode leaked online not related to HBO hack

An unaired episode of Game of Thrones appeared on the internet early this morning. The apparent leak of a full season seven episode marks the third time in "Game of Thrones" history that full sections of upcoming seasons have been stolen and placed online.

According to Entertainment Weekly, an HBO insider says the leaked episode was not related to this week's cyber attack, however, in which hackers reportedly nabbed a script from the same installment of the popular show.

A security company has reported thousands of internal documents were taken, and said the email system also was hacked. During last year's season six run, an episode leaked ahead of its premiere date after it was accidently made available on HBO Nordic.

Based on screenshots taken, the episode circulating is HBO's internal version of "Spoils of War".

Titled "Spoils of War", episode 4 will see Cersei (Lena Headey) continuing to plot her move against her enemies in King's Landing.

Episode 4 of Season 7 appears to be authentic, the Verge confirms.

And just a couple of weeks ago, a "Game of Thrones" trailer aimed to be screened at Comic-Con leaked onto YouTube in advanced of its highly anticipated release.

THR cited industry insiders who claimed the hack was about "targeting specific content and data housed in different locations", which would suggest there were "multiple points of entry".

HBO is said to be working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and cybersecurity firm Mandiant to get to the bottom of the incident. However, much like today's leak, the files were low-quality and also watermarked.

The hacker group wrote in an automated email reply sent to Variety.com, that it will release the leak gradually every week and added that the next release may come this Sunday at 12 GMT (5 p.m. IST). 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.

In a memo distributed to HBO employees on Monday, CEO Richard Plepler said senior executives, working with outside security experts, are "working round the clock to protect our collective interests".

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