With the recent leakage of Game of Thrones Season 7 episode 4, named ‘The Spoils of War’ the Indian police with a combined operation by Cyber and PAW, Government of Maharashtra and the office of DCP (Cyber), Mumbai, four people have been arrested for allegedly leaking unaired Game of Thrones Season 7 episode.
The leaked episode was a low-quality stream with “For Internal Viewing Only” and “Star India Pvt. Ltd.” watermarks. Later, Star India confirmed the leak and said that an investigation was already undergoing to uncover the truth.
The wildly popular fantasy drama where we often hear news relating to leaked script, photos, and videos and is already the most pirated show on television and has been bedeviled by repeated leaks of episodes before they air.
According to police, three of the accused work for Prime Focus Technologies, a Mumbai-based company that processes the series for Indian streaming website Hotstar. The fourth is a former employee.
The leaking of the episode on August 4, titled “The Spoils of War,” was separate from a recent hack on HBO. That hack included the theft of proprietary information, such as programming.
Akbar Pathan, deputy commissioner of police in the Mumbai cyber-crime unit, told, “We received a complaint from Prime Focus Technologies regarding the leaking of episode 4, series 7. In the investigation, it was revealed that four persons were involved.”
The four have been charged with criminal breach of trust and computer-related offenses. They appeared in court and were remanded until August 21.
Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones, which has a huge following in South Asia, is distributed in India by Star India, a subsidiary of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.