While we eagerly await the fourth episode ‘The Spoils of War’ of Game of Thrones Season 7, we hear that the episode has already been leaked three days before its TV debut. In India, the show airs on Hotstar, Star World and Star HD on Mondays, but the links to download the episode is doing the rounds on various social media platforms. They are also up on the torrent sites three days before its official airing date. If you’re a die hard fan, you are one of them to have received the link on your Whatsapp or Facebook. While you hate the fact to get a pirated episode of your much favourite show, you may tend to watch it as you don’t want to be the victim of getting spoilers from the ones who have already watched it. This is ridiculous that we are not able to do anything to eradicate this problem.
Neither the entertainment industry has been the victim of illegal hacking and piracy for the first time, nor the makers of Game of Thrones. This, in fact, is the second time that HBO has been the victim of such online threats. Game Of Thrones, which is one of the most popular American TV series, earlier in 2015, too witnessed this problem. The first four episodes had been leaked when the screeners were sent to the press. Ever since then, the channel stopped providing an early access to their show even to the members of the media.
Reportedly, the episode ‘The Spoils of War’ has been leaked from Star India, one of the partner networks of HBO. Also, according to a report on EW, there’s a water mark on the video which says Star India. Reports suggest that even Star India may have been hacked. An appropriate legal remedial action will be taken at this ugly attempt of an hacker.
The indianexpress.com quoted a Star India spokesperson, “This confirms the compromise of episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7, earlier this afternoon. We take this breach very seriously and have immediately initiated forensic investigations at our and the technology partner’s end to swiftly determine the cause. This is a grave issue and we are taking appropriate legal remedial action.”