Plot details surrounding the Game of Thrones season seven finale have surfaced online as part of the latest fall out from the HBO hack attack last month (Jul17).
The U.S. cable network’s servers were targetted by cyber criminals in late July (17), when they stole a ton of data, including unreleased episodes of shows including Ballers and Silicon Valley, as well as scripts for Game of Thrones and personal contact information for its stars.
On Friday (25Aug17), spoilers for the fantasy drama’s season finale, starring Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Kit Harrington, were posted on Reddit.com, seemingly revealing key information about the highly-anticipated episode, titled The Dragon and The Wolf, ahead of its U.S. premiere on Sunday night (27Aug17).
The footage itself has not been leaked, but hackers did post what appears to be a portion of an early script draft online, too.
HBO bosses previously called in FBI agents to investigate the July hacking incident, with the cyber criminals, going by the name Mr. Smith, subsequently demanding a $6 million (£4.6 million) ransom to put a stop to the illegal leaks, which network officials have chosen to ignore.
At the time, HBO representatives issued a statement which read: “The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That’s a game we’re not going to participate in.”
Network officials have also had to contend with Game of Thrones season seven leaks from other sources, after The Spoils of War, the show’s fourth episode, was uploaded to the Internet by a third party distributor ahead of its air date, while the sixth installment, titled Beyond the Wall, was accidentally broadcast by representatives at HBO’s European arms ahead of schedule.