‘Game of Thrones’ leaks might have helped, not harmed, HBO

Winter came early this week and it doesn’t seem to have affected “Game of Thrones” much.

HBO’s ongoing tech security issues — highlighted recently by the cyberattack in which content from “Game of Thrones” and other shows from the Time Warner Inc.-owned TWX, -0.01% network were stolen — were compounded by an issue of its own making.

HBO Nordic and HBO España mistakenly released the show’s upcoming sixth episode ahead of its scheduled airtime on Sunday.

The episode was available on-demand to subscribers in Spain and Norway before it was removed, but not before it had been illegally downloaded and shared.

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