HBO suffered a massive security breach this week, but the leak of a new episode of Game of Thrones is not connected it seems.
Earlier this week HBO confirmed that in a statement that its security had been breached “which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information.” Following this announcement, scripts for unaired episodes of Room 104 and Ballers made their way online, but there were promises that more leaks were to come.
On Friday a copy of episode 4 of the seventh season of Game of Thrones was released via Google Drive link. The link has since been shut down but not before copies of the episode began being distributed via other means. Those who have seen the episode have confirmed it is indeed new material, but it is not an HD copy nor is there confirmation this is the final edit of the episode scheduled to premiere this Sunday. The length does match up with what was announced by HBO, but there may still be other tweaks made to the episode.
While it would be natural to assume this was a part of the 1.5 terabytes that were hacked, it seems this leak comes from a far more mundane source. Through out the leaked episode, you can see the watermark for distribution partner Star India. It seems that this copy originated from there, but it is not known how it was obtained.
As to the hackers, it is still unknown if they are in possession of any actual episodes at this time. Reports are that the amount of data stolen is substantial and there could very well be more data or videos to come in the coming days and weeks.