HBO’s network suffered a disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing cyber attack earlier this week. Although 1.5 terabytes of data was reportedly stolen by miscreants, in the aftermath, it was the theft of an upcoming Game of Thrones script that led to what may be called wide-spread chaos and mayhem, with HBO running for cover. Now it seems, the hack might just have led to a new episode of the Game of Thrones TV series leaking online adding to HBO’s woes.
Episode 4 of season 7 appears to have leaked online a couple of days before it goes live on TV and streaming services like Hotstar. Although the video quality of the episode that has been leaked is said to be questionable – it’s said to be of low-quality – that surely hasn’t stopped people from downloading and watching it. The temptation of an unadulterated early access to an unreleased Game of Thrones episode is quite hard to resist, after all. Reports also suggest that the episode in question may not be the final edited cut, but, that doesn’t really matter now, does it?
The episode has now made its way on to Reddit where people are downloading it, watching it, and commenting on it, without giving a second thought. The number of downloads, in fact, had reached their limit at the time of writing this piece.
“Too many users have viewed or downloaded this file recently. Please try accessing the file again later. If the file you are trying to access is particularly large or is shared with many people, it may take up to 24 hours to be able to view or download the file.”
You’d think HBO would have focused and focused hard to protect the incoming plot twists vis-a-vis Game of Thrones – a massively popular and also the most torrented show in the world – especially after a similar incident happened when four episodes of Season 5 leaked early. But, with the new hacking incident coming into the limelight, looks like the channel left some loopholes that allowed hackers gain an early access to things.
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