The most recent leak that HBO has on it’s hands isn’t because of hackers. But rather, two distinct internal blunders. Well, internal in that it originated throughout the production process. Rather than from an outside source, such as a hack. Game of Thrones has had its fair share of leaks. The first four episodes of Season 5 were leaked online. This was in part due to the fact that advance screeners were sent out to members of the press. HBO decided to scrap screeners for Season 7 because of this reason, but that hasn’t prevented two major leaks already.
The earlier leak of Season 7 was related to a distribution partner in India. The partner accidentally posted it on it’s own platform. While I’m sure it was, in fact, an accident. It makes you wonder how these things can happen. But the most recent leak comes out of Spain. A spokesperson for HBO had this to say: “We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO España platforms. The error appears to have originated with a third party vendor and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognized. This is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the US”.