Hacked Game of Thrones content appears online

Game of Thrones content stolen in this weekend's HBO hack appeared online early Wednesday.

Overnight tweets indicated that the hackers had uploaded new episodes of Game of Thrones along with other data; however, it was difficult to find the episode video later in the morning.

Reddit inventory listed the Thrones content as partial scripts and outlines for Episodes 3 and 4, with the latter set to air this Sunday. There was also a link to a video of Episode 4 on YouTube that had already been taken down.

Reddit users who downloaded the video content described one file as a slideshow of the script set to music and another as a mashup of episode promos and trailers. It also mentioned three "very large" files that had not yet been fully assessed.

USA TODAY cannot confirm what video was leaked and will not reveal the spoilers contained within the outlines, but the events described in the Episode 4 outline (dated April 2016)  do fit with the outcome of Episode 3 and the timeline of Season 7 in general.

The cable network has not confirmed exactly what data was taken and attempts to reach the hackers' website repeatedly timed out. Direct links to specific documents produced 404 errors saying the files had been deleted.

Reports earlier this week revealed some of the other stolen content, including episodes of Ballers and Room 104.

Due to the reported size of the haul (estimated to be 1.5 terabytes, several times the size of the 200 gigabytes stolen in the 2014 Sony hack), it has taken some time to parse the data and see what is there.

“I can assure you that senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team, along with outside experts, are working round the clock to protect our collective interests. The efforts across multiple departments have been nothing short of herculean,” HBO CEO Richard Plepler told employees in an internal email shared with USA TODAY.

On Saturday, a USA TODAY tech reporter received an email from a spoofed address boasting about the "biggest leakage" in (the) current decade," promising "precious stuff that blaze your eyes" (sic). The hacker(s) did not and still have not identified themselves.

This recent incident isn't the first time Thrones has been hit by leaks. HBO stopped providing screener DVDs after the first four episodes of Season 5 were pirated ahead of Season 5.

HBO has not responded to USA TODAY's request for comment on the uploaded data.

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