Netflix Hacker Also Claims Theft From ABC, Fox, IFC, National Geographic

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The hacking group that goes by the name The Dark Overlord doubled down on its piracy of the new season of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” by claiming to have absconded with content from four other networks as well.

ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC were specifically cited in a tweet issued late Friday from the Twitter account of the hacker, with a chilling warning: “Who is next on the list? FOX, IFC, NAT GEO, and ABC. Oh, what fun we’re all going to have. We’re not playing any games anymore.”

The Dark Overlord, also self-described as TDO on a long screed the group posted online, according to piracy blog Torrentfreak, which broke the story. The Twitter account where the four networks were divulged, @tdohackr, is identified as the account affiliated with the hacking group in that message.

While that message doesn’t cite the four networks, it does make clear that Netflix was not the only target of the hack. “We also helped ourselves to copies of titles from other companies,” TDO writes.

Reps for ABC, Fox, IFC and National Geographic have not yet responded to a request for comment regarding the matter. It’s unknown which specific programs TDO might have gotten a hold of from those networks or whether there is programming from other networks that were obtained from the hack.

The hack that may have brought all of the purloined content in question occurred last year at Hollywood-based ADR studio Larson Studios, according to Torrentfreak. TDO attempted to get money in exchange for the return of “Orange is the New Black” episodes; when the hacker failed to get the desired funds, pirates were suddenly able to feast Friday on the season premiere, which Netflix scheduled for release in June.

What initially seemed like a Netflix-targeted attack may be quickly broadening to a longer list of victims. In another part of the message, TDO warns, “Other companies in the American entertainment industry shouldn’t be surprised if they were too (sic) wake up to a verbose, condescending, and abusive letter in their inbox extending a hand of friendship and (most likely) demanding a modest sum of internet money.”

But a source said an upcoming second season of a Nat Geo series produced by Ron Howard called “Breakthrough” may be one of the programs in TDO’s possession. Nat Geo and Fox are networks owned by 21st Century Fox, while ABC is a Disney-owned property. IFC is owned by AMC Networks.

 

 

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  1. TheDarkShadow says:

    They were denied a payout after demanding cash for stolen content that no one will be taking about 6 months now. They’re response? Release the show in question and then threaten to release other shows as well. What do they get for their efforts? No money, an FBI investigation, getting caught and some serious jail time. It’s kind of like taking a hostage, demanding ransom, releasing the hostage after you don’t get your cash and then threatening to take more hostages knowing full well that you’ll never see a penny.

  2. jgoi says:

    Thanks to this jackass now we’re certain to see a new sopa-type bill this year.

  3. ndias says:

    heh dont know what era the people are living in risk from piracy sites ? come on thats only if your some 5 year old little kid who just goes and clicks on everything. piracy is a the point where its 1080p hell even 4k is out in less that an hour if not less. why pay for an internet connection and pay extra for some other subscription, the internet has it all you just need to know how to look

  4. LJ Hilt says:

    One thing history teachers is is that criminals always get caught. It’s just a matter of time. Enjoy what little freedom you have left.

  5. Rex says:

    Wow! This kind of piracy is still a thing? In 2017? Good gawd, I feel sad for these guys that they can’t afford a few bucks a month to watch EVERYTHING and instead steal a few measly programs to give it to … who, besides themselves and that tiny minority of people — most of them Millennials, no doubt — who actually might buy into the fantasy that they’re sticking it to “the man”? Let them have it, I say. Hell, even if they stole ALL of Netflix’s content from every continent on earth, Netflix (and other streaming companies) will STILL gain customers because it’s the future, not piracy and torrents and intermittently reliable options dating back to the dark ages. How do they see this as any kind of serious setback when only a few stuck-in-the-past

  6. nerdrage says:

    What an idiot. Nobody subscribes to Netflix for just one show, even if it is probably their top rated show. They subscribe for the promise of a couple hours’ decent entertainment per night, conveniently packaged for a cheap price. Netflix sells the whole package.

    Watch OitNB on a pirate site, that’ll take a couple days to binge the whole season, and then what. Do you flail around and find bad video versions of the other shows you want? Okay people already do that if they don’t mind the inconvenience, bad quality and risk of pirate sites. There’s nothing new about this at all.

    If people really want to avoid that horrible eight buck fee of Netflix’s, they can find all its shows for free. At a certain point you have to ask yourself, is it even worth the effort? Especially if you are a grownup with a good paying job and busy life and no time to play kiddie games.

  7. Island Planet says:

    Forget this loser. Netflix should end-run him and just release it on Netflix today. No need to pirate it (at least for Netflix subscribers). The traditional networks won’t be able to do this, but this jacker will be in prison by then anyway.

  8. Jacques Strappe says:

    a 400 lb fat dude in his bed.

  9. Sounds like a disgruntled WGA writer did it.

    • The Truth says:

      If this is your idea of a joke, you should hire a writer. Otherwise, this is a world class bonehead comment.

      Writers don’t support piracy because they don’t get paid when content is pirated. Writers don’t want studios and networks to lose money. They just want a fair share of the many billions studios and networks earn from the programming writers fundamentally create. They want better healthcare benefits and contracts that don’t lock up their services without compensation. They don’t want to stick it to the studios; they want the studios to stop sticking it to them.

  10. I wonder how long the jail sentence will be .

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