If you are one of the individuals who couldn’t keep their calm and downloaded the first four leaked episodes of Game of Thrones, you might be in deep trouble. A recent development in the GoT leak-gate suggests that HBO has finally decided to take the necessary actions against everyone that pirated the show.

Since an average episode of Game of Thrones costs at least $6 million for the production, HBO has every right to be crossed at those who binge-watched the show illegally. According to a report published by Torrent Freak, thousands of users who had streamed or downloaded the show illegally have started receiving the legal notices from HBO.

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Unsurprisingly, HBO clamped down the online pirates with the help of ISPs. The ISPs were asked to assist HBO in identifying the users who had downloaded or streamed the show before it was even premiered officially! The large chunk of illegal viewers contains torrent users who had not only downloaded the show but shared it with other users as well.

Needless to say the file was shared the most on Bit Torrent and Periscope. HBO did not even think twice of contacting their anti-piracy partner, IP-Echelon, after the news of leaked episodes emerged on the internet and TV screens. Everyone who has downloaded the show or streamed it illegally is now in deep trouble and as Heisenberg would say, HBO is coming after you.


Those who had VPNs by their side can relax a little bit, since all their traffic was encrypted and their original IP was hidden behind the other IP address, it is impossible for even the likes of HBO and IP-Echelon to trace them. A VPN can help you in hiding your online identity while you download the GoT episode torrents. But we advise against it. Below is a list of VPNs that can help you in keeping your identity safe.

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Ameer Abbas

Ameer Abbas is a senior editor and a most viewed writer on Quora in Internet Privacy, Cyber Security, VPN and Torrents. He has continued work as a privacy advocate with Best VPN Provider and is working towards becoming an established privacy & security author online. Ameer takes a keen interest in technology, geo-political affairs and international cyber laws. Ameer loves outdoor sports including cricket, swimming, athletics, and football.
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