Hacker holds Netflix to ransom over show
A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit series Orange Is The New Black, and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new episodes from being prematurely released online.
The hacker, operating under the name The Dark Overlord, has already purportedly uploaded the first episode to an illegal file-sharing service. The Associated Press could not legally confirm the authenticity of that uploaded file.
New episodes of Orange are scheduled for official release on June 9.
Netflix said that a small production vendor that works with several major TV studios had suffered a breach. The Los Gatos, California, company described it as an “active situation” that’s being investigated by the FBI and other authorities.
Pirated copies of Orange could dent Netflix’s subscriber growth as well as the company’s
In the ransom note, The Dark Overlord claimed to have stolen series from other studios, too by breaking into a single com pany. The purported hacker promised to also release those titles unless “modest” ransoms are paid.
Rumours of a massive leak of Hollywood films and TV epi sodes have been circulating online for months, fed by pur ported screenshots of the foot age and a copy of a proposed dea to delete the stolen material in return for tens of thousands of dollars in electronic currency
When the AP contacted The Dark Overlord in February, the hacker said the purloined video wouldn’t be made publicly available after all, making the far-fetched claim that “no one really (cares) about unreleased movies and TV show episodes.”
It’s not clear what triggered The Dark Overload’s renewed ransom demands.
Netflix is counting on Orange to help it add 3.2 million sub scribers from April through June. That’s substantially higher than the company’s average gain of 1.8 million sub scribers in the same period over