Thursday, 17 August 2017 08:36

HBO arm leaks episode of Game of Thrones

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Another episode of season seven of the popular Game of Thrones TV series has leaked on the Web, with a division of HBO, the owner, being responsible for the initial leak.

Episode six was accidentally aired by HBO Nordic for an hour in Spain before it realised the error and stopped, according to a post on Reddit.

The airing took place several days before the official premiere.

That proved to be enough for those who leak such material on the Web and plenty of good-quality copies are now circulating on popular torrent sites, according to TorrentFreak.

This is the third case reported this month of a leak of HBO material. The first report was about a direct break-in at HBO with upcoming episodes of Ballers and Room 104 being leaked along with a script for the fourth episode of season seven of Game of Thrones.

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A second theft, this time in India, occurred on 4 August. The leak, from an HBO distribution partner Star India, has resulted in the arrest of four men. The material was purloined from Star partner Prime Focus Technologies.

Episode six, titled Death is the Enemy, was available both as a single video and as two separate parts after the inadvertent screening. The two-part video was available on the Dailymotion streaming site for a while before it was removed.

TorrentFreak said screenshots and videos suggested that it was made public by HBO unintentionally.

Last December, hackers broke into a computer running Windows 7 at Larson Studies and stole season five of Orange is the New Black.

Photos: courtesy HBO

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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