Mumbai: In sharp reaction to the issue of online leak of 4th episode of Game of Throne (GoT) Season 7, Star India has swiftly initiated a forensic probe to identify the cause and source of leakage from its storage as the reports reveal that the recent hacking incident of HBO has nothing to do with the leak of 4th Episode of GoT as the water mark of Star India is clearly visible in the leaked episode.
Reiterating its action Star India has also issued a statement regarding the leak which read “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.”
Earlier, HBO has confirmed that episode four of the blockbuster TV series Game of Thrones has got leaked on Friday two days before getting aired on TV, after several alleged threats from hackers across the globe. According to media reports, next week’s episode has been leaked from one of HBO’s international network partners Star India, which receives the episodes before they are aired on TV.
According to Variety, The leaked episode – which is fairly low quality – was obtained from Star India’s website. Star India has been handling distribution of HBO content in India since 2015.
As per the Betanews version, Anyone viewing the leaked episode will notice a Star India logo in the corner of the video. This is HBO distributor in India and it seems that this company is the source of the episode. While the leak is clearly bad news for HBO, the apparent Indian source would suggest that the hackers that struck earlier in the week did not actually manage to get their hands on Game of Thrones videos.
HBO has also reiterated that they are taking this matter with utmost seriousness and are ready to take strict and appropriate legal remedial action. Earlier this week, HBO bosses slammed the latest ‘unsettling and disturbing’ hack after revealing that another Game of thrones script was leaked.
Hackers have allegedly claimed to have stolen a script from next week’s fourth episode and they have threatened that more would be “coming soon”.The hack was announced on Sunday via an anonymous email which was sent to many reporters.
Upcoming episodes of numerous HBO series and at least one script have been put online following a major cyber attack. HBO chairman and CEO Richard Pleper slammed the latest attack in an email to employees that alerted them to the breach in security.