Remember the fourth episode of our favourite TV series, Game of Thrones, got leaked before it could officially premiere? Yes, before we could see ‘The Spoils of War’ in HD, hackers leaked the episode and scripts of the show. Everyone flipped out.
The hackers had promised subsequent leaks and GoTians are on alert mode ever since then. HBO had released a statement stating that the leak happened from the Indian distributors’ end. About the fourth episode leak, the investigations are on and two Indians have been booked.
According to a Mid-Day report, two employees of a Mumbai’s Andheri-based firm, Prime Focus Technologies, have been booked for the leak. The FIR was registered on Thursday.
The firm, Prime Focus Technologies, stores and processes GoT on its servers for Hotstar that streams the fantasy drama in India, exclusively. After the news of leak, they carried out an internal investigation and discovered that there was unauthorised access to its servers (which can be accessed only from Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata).
Police sources said that Shailesh Manohar, vice president of the company, in his complaint mentioned that employees who are tasked for the storing and processing have special IDs. An officer said,
“The complainant has stated in the FIR that recently, the fourth episode of season seven of Game of Thrones was stolen from the server, by access gained through the special ID of an employee named Abhishekh Ghadiyal. Later, the stolen data was sent out using the email account of one Mohammed Suhail.”
FIR has been filed against Ghadiyal and Suhail under sections 408 (Criminal breach of trust by clerk or servant) and 34 (common intention) of IPC and 43 (damage to the computer, computer system, etc.) and 66 (computer related offences) of the IT Act.
Fans are waiting for the fifth episode with bated breath.
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