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Prime Focus clarifies Game of Thrones incident

August 16, 2017

By Colin Mann

Content supply chain specialist Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) has issued a Statement clarifying how, on August 4th, 2017, a link to view Episode 4 of Season 7 of Game of Thrones bearing a Star India watermark appeared online three days before its airdate, describing it as the outcome of an illegal breach of obligations by current and former employees of the company.

PFT immediately initiated forensic investigations to determine the cause. Based on a multi-faceted investigation including extensive logs of its system, a complaint was filed on August 6th, 2017, and supplementary information was provided on multiple occasions, culminating in a First Information Report (FIR) being filed with the DCP Cyber Cell of Mumbai Police by Shailesh Manohar, Vice President at PFT on August 9th, 2017. Acting on the information and extensive evidence provided by PFT, the office of DCP Cyber Cell, Mumbai arrested four accused on August 14th.

“PFT is appreciative of the speed and rigour with which the Special IGP (Cyber), Government of Maharashtra and DCP Cyber Cell of Mumbai Police have moved on this investigation. PFT is working closely with its client and co-operating with the police to take the investigation to its logical conclusion at the earliest and to prosecute the perpetrators of this crime,” said the company.

PFT has been engaged with Star India as one of its key technology partners since 2011. PFT manages 1.5 million hours of content for some of the world’s biggest broadcasters and studios globally. As a technology partner, PFT invests in content integrity and security, makes significant investments to ensure content protection and is ISO 27001 & SOC2 Certified.

“It is important to note that this was not a system hack. It was an illegal breach of obligations by the concerned persons despite of PFT’s continual internal emphasis on protocols of content security and ethical practices. We deeply regret and condemn this incident – and affirm our strong resolve to continue the fight against content related crimes in an effort to make the M&E industry’s content more secure. PFT has always been and remains committed to the highest standards in content security and integrity in managing its clients’ content,” it said.

“This incident should not be confused with the HBO hack being reported,” it added.

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