‘Game of Thrones’ Hack Leads to Four Arrests, HBO Partner Says

Emilia Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen in 'Game of Thrones.'

Photographer: Helen Sloan/HBO

An HBO distribution partner in India said police may have identified the source of a leak that led to an unaired “Game of Thrones” episode appearing online.

Law enforcement agencies informed Star India that four individuals associated with its technology vendor were arrested in the case, the company said in a statement. The vendor, Prime Focus Technologies, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment outside normal business hours.

Time Warner Inc.’s HBO cable network announced the breach earlier this month as it was investigating an unrelated cyberattack on its own computer systems. It’s part of a growing trend of cybercriminals targeting Hollywood studios and demanding a ransom in exchange for keeping their intellectual property off the internet.

“This is the first time in the history of Star India that an incident of this nature has occurred,” said the company, owned by 21st Century Fox Inc.

— With assistance by Reade Pickert

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