The fourth episode of Game of Thrones’ current season was leaked online on Friday, reported The Independent.
There is speculation that the leak originated from HBO distribution partner Star India, and is not related to the HBO hack.
US cable channel HBO said on Monday that hackers had stolen upcoming programming, and Entertainment Weekly reported that the theft included a script for an unaired episode of the hit fantasy show Game of Thrones.
Entertainment Weekly reported that hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data and had already posted online unbroadcast episodes of “Ballers” and “Room 104,” along with “a script or treatment” for 4th episode of “Game of Thrones.”
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.
The hack comes at a sensitive time for HBO, as its parent Time Warner Inc is waiting for regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T Inc in an $85.4 billion deal announced in October.