Police was investigating the suspects alleged to hack HBO written and visual material including the Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4. According to the report, four suspected were arrested in India alleged to leak the Game of Thrones episode 4. Akbar Pathan, Deputy Commissioner of Police told AFP as:
“We investigated the case and have arrested four individuals for unauthorized publication of the fourth episode from season seven. The episode “The Spoils of War” was first leaked on Reddit with the hacker claiming it to be “a gift from Pakistan” on August 4 ahead of its August 6 release.”
However, these four suspects are not arrested to blaming the HBO leak of data from the company official website. The suspects are alleged for “criminal breach of trust and computer-related offenses”. These four suspects in India will remain under the Police custody until August 21 for more investigations.
Moreover, the more interesting is about the four arrested suspects as they were working in a company in Mumbai and working for to store and process the TV episodes. These four employees have access to the all data related to the episodes. On the Spot, the victim HBO didn’t say about the all matter about the arrested suspects, however, the Star India, the media partner of HBO is responsible for investigating in all matter.
The leaked episode of the Game of Throne was leaked video having the watermark of the Star India that is the partner of the HBO in the India. To come to the knowledge, the Star India reported about the leak to the local officials and investigation begins. On the investigation of the request, the four suspects, the former employees of the Star India’s technology partner, Prime Focus Technologies are alleged for the leak of data. Star India said in a statement as:
“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.”
However, the police track the employees of the Prime Focus technologies, and found the one of the employee used his ID to access the data and other use the email account for the hack. Earlier reports pointing the hackers hack the website and leak the data, but with the police investigation, the leaked data were only the effort of the company partners employees whose used own IDs and arrested.