HBO Hack Leads To Game Of Thrones Script Leak

Days after HBO was hit with a massive hack, Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones has leaked online. The Verge and Telegraph have confirmed this episode to be genuine, and the copy includes a "for internal viewing only" watermark attached.

The leaked episode, "The Spoils of War", made the rounds on the spoiler-embracing Reddit community r/freefolk on Friday morning. The statement read, "This confirms the compromise of episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7, earlier this afternoon".

"Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold", the premium cable service announced during its Monday acknowledgement of the hack.

HBO was the victim of a hack that seems to be growing in proportion every day, but this leak was unrelated, according to The Verge's sources.

Game of Thrones' seventh season airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. At this moment, it is unclear if this version of the leaked episode can be traced back to the HBO hack.

Titled "Spoils of War", episode 4 will see Cersei (Lena Headey) continuing to plot her move against her enemies in King's Landing. The most notable one remains the one prior to season 5 in 2015, when screeners sent to the press were put online.

If the criminals are happy enough to steal and then publish sensitive information from HBO, they are probably not averse to adding malware to the torrent site, harming the computers of people who opt to illegally download content, it said. In a separate email to employees, HBO chairman, Richard Piepler, said that the attack was "disruptive, unsettling, and disturbing".

"I can assure you that senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team, along with outside experts, are working round the clock to protect our collective interests".

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now involved in investigating the hack, and some at HBO believe it could be a whopping seven times bigger than the infamous Sony hack of 2014.