Late yesterday it was reported that a hacker stole season 5 of Netflix's hit show Orange Is the New Black. Netflix does not like to share too much information with the public. The media company does not even release streaming numbers, but apparently Orange is the New Black is rumored to be the platform's highest streamed show, so you can understand why a premature leak of the new season months before its debut could be a big deal to Netflix. Hacking group The Dark Overlord threatened to release the show on to the illegal file sharing service the Pirate Bay and apparently made good on their promise early this morning.
According to Deadline, The Dark Overlord tweeted a ransom note via twitter, which has since been deleted, claiming to release 10 out of the 13 episodes of Orange is the New Black if an unspecified large sum of money was not paid by Netflix. In a response statement, Netflix acknowledged the security breach and said that law enforcement was already on the case. The Dark Overlord responded with disappointment. Read their statement below.
"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. 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. And to the others: there's still time to save yourselves. Our offer(s) are still on the table, for now."
Dark Overlord released the 10 episodes on to illegal file sharing sites early this morning ahead of the official release date of June 9th, 2017. Netflix has said that they've narrowed down the security breach to a small production company in Los Gatos, California that works with other major Television studios. And The Dark Overlord hacking team did not stop with Netflix according to another statement that you can read below.
"We're not quite done yet, though. We're calling you out: ABC, National Geographic, Fox, IFC, and of course Netflix, still. There's more Netflix on the feasting menu soon (in addition to the other studios, of course), but we'll get to that later. Enjoy the fruits of _our_ labour."
It is not known currently if the hacking group has decided to release shows from other studios, but they are definitely targeting Netflix in an aggressive manor.
Hacking is nothing new in the world today. There seems to be a new hack everyday, from celebrity's most private photographs being stolen and posted for the world to see all the way up to the world of politics. But this seems to be one of the more overtly aggressive and arrogant hacks in recent memory. Deadline was able to track down a deleted tweet from The Dark Overlord that was directly taunting Netflix, even calling out their I.P. address for being one of the first to check the leak.
"Hello, this is thedarkoverlord (@tdohack3r) here to deliver a message. We're back again. Did you miss us? Of course, you did. We're willing to bet Netflix did as well. Speaking of which, Netflix clearly received our message considering they've made public statements and was one of the first people to download a fresh copy of their own property (Hello, 6*.5*.2*5.7*!), yet they continue to remain unresponsive.'
This is an ongoing and developing story and obviously a giant headache for Netflix right now. It is not known why The Dark Overlord has targeted Netflix, but it is certainly due to the huge success of Orange is the New Black and the attention that the hacking group could gather. It is also not known if Netflix will push up the release of Orange is the New Black Season 5, so for now it will still officially be available on June 9th, 2017.