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On August 3, the Game of Thrones episode "The Spoils of War" was leaked online three days before the episode was set to air on HBO. At the time, it was unclear how the leak happened — but now police in Mumbai have arrested suspects associated with HBO's India distribution partner, Star India.

According to the company, the leak was committed by four members of its tech vendor, Prime Focus Technologies:

"This is the first time in the history of Star India that an incident of this nature has occurred. We are deeply grateful to the police for their swift and prompt action. We believe that valuable intellectual property is a critical part of the development of the creative industry and strict enforcement of the law is essential to protecting it."

After making arrests, Indian police released this statement:

"The investigation revealed complicity and involvement of more persons than those specifically named in the [complaint], particularly the ones working in the office and otherwise lawfully having access to the raw data of the series... The information and material collected at the Bangalore office and the Mumbai Police station was collated, studied and analyzed by the police. On being satisfied that the material collected by the investigating agency sufficiently established the role and involvement of various persons, [the four arrests were made]."

According to The Hindustan Times, three of the employees allegedly stole the episode and a fourth man — a former employee — allegedly leaked it online.

This is not the first data issue that HBO has had to deal with recently. A group of anonymous hackers, named Mr. Smith, have claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO. This data reportedly includes scripts and emails pertaining to Game of Thrones, as well as episodes from shows such as Ballers, Room 104 and the newest season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

With only two episodes left in Game of Thrones Season 7, hopefully this the last time we see an episode of Game of Thrones get leaked, because we don't want to see any spoilers! However, nothing should really come by surprise at this point.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.

{Source: The Hollywood Reporter}


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