They need a security overhaul.
Game of Thrones may be one of the biggest TV shows of all time, and every single year it’s always the subject of hacks and even tops the list as the most pirated TV show ever. But it’s latest leak isn’t the fault of any hacker, but instead the leak was HBO’s own fault.
The penultimate episode of the seventh season of the hit show was supposed to air next Sunday (Monday morning UAE time), but HBO Nordic and HBO España accidentally posted the episode on the said platforms. It was immediately taken down, but users have already managed to record the episode and copies of the episode have already spread online.
“We have learned that the upcoming episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO España platforms,” HBO said in a statement. It said that the error originated from a third-party vendor which was then removed immediately. HBO also explained that the recent cyber incident in the US is not connected to this.
The cyber incident HBO is referring to is the recent hack where more than 1.5 TB of data was leaked, including scripts for upcoming episodes of Game of Thrones. The show also suffered a massive leak when the first four episodes of Season 5 leaked online. The source was from screener discs that it has sent to reviewers, which they have stopped doing this year.