Hacker leaks episodes of hit show prior to premiere

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Early Saturday a hacker released the upcoming season of Netflix’s popular show Orange is the New Black following the company’s refusal to meet the hacker’s ransom demand.

Variety reported that the first 10 episodes of the show’s new season were posted on the file-sharing site Pirate Bay by a hacker assuming the name “thedarkoverlord,” who posted a message about the incident.

“It didn’t have to be this way, Netflix. You’re going to lose a lot more money in all of this than what our modest offer was,” claimed the hacker. “We’re quite ashamed to breathe the same air as you. We figured a pragmatic business such as yourselves would see and understand the benefits of cooperating with a reasonable and merciful entity like ourselves.”

The hacker also threatened to release other shows, and warned entertainment networks that there is “still time to save yourselves.”

“Thedarkoverlord” contends to have obtained unreleased shows from additional networks such as ABC, Fox, IFC and National Geographic. According to Variety, the content is likely to have been stolen from a 2016 attack on Larson Studios.

Netflix had scheduled the release of the fifth season of Orange is the New Black on June 9, but might premiere the show earlier due to the leak.

“We are aware of the situation,” Netflix said in a statement. “A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved.”

H/T: The Hill


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