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Four Arrested in India for Digital Theft of  ‘GoT’ Episode

Suspects associated with Prime Focus Technologies, a vendor used by Star India 8/15/2017 8:10 PM Eastern

Law enforcement officials in India have reportedly arrested four men for allegedly leaking an episode of Game of Thrones, though that leak apparently is not tied to a bigger breach of content from HBO.

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Per a statement from Star India and Novi Digital Entertainment, four people associated with one of their technology vendors, Prime Focus Technologies, are the subject of a breach of GoT episode four, season seven, prior to its scheduled for viewing on August 7.

“This is the first time in the history of Star India that an incident of this nature has occurred,” Star India, a fully owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, said in a statement. “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.”

According to CNN, the suspects are linked to Star India, which has the rights to GoT in India, through the tech vendor. CNN said the alleged hackers appeared Monday for a preliminary hearing and that policy have until August 21 to charge them.

A Star India official also told CNN that the leak of that episode of GoT is not connected to a bigger breach in which hackers claimed to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of HBO data, which included episodes of certain original programs and a GoT script. In the latest pertaining to that breach, the hackers released several episodes of the new and yet-to-be-released season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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