4 arrested in connection with 'Game of Thrones' episode leak

The case in India isn't tied to the cyberbreach that hit HBO last month and continues to plague the network.

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Game of Thrones

"The Spoils of War," episode 4 of "Game of Thrones," was leaked earlier this month. 

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If you can't seem to keep all the characters and storylines straight on "Game of Thrones," you can be forgiven for being confused about the leaks tied to the hit show too. 

Four people accused of leaking an episode of the popular HBO series have been arrested in India, according to a report Monday by the AFP news agency.  

Police told AFP the four were arrested for the unauthorized release of episode 4 of the current season, and are "accused of criminal breach of trust and computer-related offenses." The episode leaked from Star India, a company that distributes HBO programming there.

Star India said in a statement that the four people arrested were associated with its technology vendor, Prime Focus Technologies.

"This is the first time in the history of Star India that an incident of this nature has occurred," the company said. "We are deeply grateful to the police for their swift and prompt action." 

HBO didn't respond to a request for comment.

The arrests are unrelated to the cyberbreach that hit HBO in July. Since then, hackers have released scripts of "Game of Thrones" in an effort to get the network to pay a ransom. Hackers on Sunday also reportedly leaked episodes of "Insecure" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which is set to return to the network Oct. 1.

Update, 3:03 p.m. PT: Adds a statement from Star India on the arrests.