New Game of Thrones episode leak wasn't part of HBO hack

The leaked "Game of Thrones" episode, entitled "The Spoils of War", is slated to air Friday evening on HBO.

They also shared that they are taking this with serious and are ready to take appropriate legal remedial action. The hackers, who claimed to have access to 1.5 terabytes of the HBO's series, threatened to release more episodes in the weeks to come.

The channel acknowledged the cyber attack, all but confirming the leaked script for Game of Thrones fourth episode - titled "The Spoils of War" - was real. Of course, knowing the internet, links being taken down won't get in the way of some determined Game of Thrones fans.

Variety reported Thursday that the hackers behind the cyberattack are threatening to leak even more sensitive information on Sunday.

The episode will air this Sunday, August 6 on 9 p.m. EST. So we can't necessarily blame hackers for this one, but rather some jerk from one of HBO's distribution partners.

The version posted online is watermarked, "For internal viewing only", and bears the words "Star India", which is GoT 's broadcaster in India.

An HBO representative confirmed to HuffPost that the recent leak is not part of the larger data breach of the network's servers. But it was unclear whether full episodes of HBO's prized gem had been stolen.

"At this time, we do not believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing", Richard Plepler, HBO's chairman and CEO, said in a company-wide email Wednesday.

The reported leak came from one of HBO's worldwide network partners - Star India - which has access to the episodes before they air. With the Season 7 debut being the most watched premiere in the network's history, demand for new episodes is sure to create more opportunities for content to leak out.

  • Kara Saunders