Hacker Leaks Stolen ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 5 Episodes to Piracy Network

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An anonymous hacker has carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online — after Netflix allegedly failed to respond to the cybercriminal’s shakedown demands.

Variety was unable to verify the authenticity of the “OITNB” episodes the hacker claimed to have shared on popular file-sharing site the Pirate Bay.

The first 10 episodes of season 5 were apparently shared shortly before 6 a.m. ET Saturday, with the 10 files comprising a total of 11.46 gigabytes. The hacker, who uses the handle “thedarkoverlord,” published the premiere episode from the upcoming season of “Orange Is the New Black” on Friday to the Pirate Bay.

Netflix has set June 9 for the release of season five of “Orange Is the New Black.” It’s possible that the streamer will move up the “OITNB” premiere date now that the bulk of the episodes have leaked.


Orange is the New Black Season 5 Teaser

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

Reps for Netflix did not respond to a request for comment about the latest development.

According to “thedarkoverlord,” the hacker or hackers also have obtained unreleased shows from ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC. The content appears to have been stolen in an attack on post-production studio Larson Studios in late 2016, according to piracy-news site TorrentFreak. “Thedarkoverlord” explained in an online post that they obtained only the first 10 of the 13 episodes of “OITNB” season 5 because the cyberattack was carried out before the final three installments were available.

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

It’s not clear what impact the theft and piracy of one of Netflix’s top shows will have. The hacker (or hacker collective) behind the heist has claimed to have made an extortion demand to the company, asking for an unspecified sum of money. However, the motive for purloining and leaking “OITNB” could be more about bragging rights in the cybercrime underworld.

In a message posted early Saturday, “thedarkoverlord” was arrogant and even scolding.

“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,” the hacker wrote. “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 concluded the diatribe with an explicit threat to the other networks whose TV shows were allegedly stolen: “And to the others: there’s still time to save yourselves. Our offer(s) are still on the table — for now.”

Netflix last year renewed “OITNB,” which execs have said has been consistently its most-watched original series, for seasons 5, 6 and 7. Creator and showrunner Jenji Kohan signed on for all the upcoming seasons of the show, produced by Lionsgate TV and based on the 2010 memoir by Piper Kerman.

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  1. mohamad says:

    Netflix, as publicly traded company has a responsibility to its shareholders to protect its property

  2. mohamad says:

    thats not good news. Netflix, as publicly traded company has a responsibility to its shareholders to protect its Intellectual Property.

  3. Devin says:

    “TheDarkOverlord” is just a wanna-be hacker who still lives with his parrents. No wonder he’s asking for money, LOL!

    No money, no honey, TDO! :D

  4. kaneis says:

    Got to love the idiot hacker who thinks he/she is in the right and have the audacity to state they are ashamed to breathe the same air, because Netflix refused to pay a bunch of bogus hackers (real hackers have no need to brag)?? In addition, Netflix did not pay because you are a bunch of ‘Criminals’ & ‘Terrorists’, and America does NOT negotiate with your type. It should be all of us ashamed that you and your group are allowed to breathe our air, as you are the perfect example of what NOT to strive for as we live our lives. Please, just go back to the hole you belong in and start your zombie apocalypse shelter.

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  6. Misterla says:

    If you’ve never watched this show you not going to start at season 5. If you’re interested in watching you’re already paying fo Netflix and will binge watch it when Netflix shows the entire season 5. What’s the issue here? No one is going to that Pirate site to watch it.

    • Truth says:

      That’s naive to think that everyone pays for content of any kind. There are many ways today to watch virtually everything ever shown on TV and Movie screens including live TV for free.

  7. Gil Borman says:

    Ah Pirate Bay, where those not technical enough get their systems pwned when they download what they think is entertainment. The comes that happy screen: “insert 1 bitcoin if you ever want to see your data again.”

  8. Sam Williams says:

    Company A produces a product that glamorizes criminal activity. Company A is the victim of criminal activity. You want social justice, well now you have it….

  9. Something that has no value cannot be stolen and Orange is the New Black is really the New Garbage.

  10. MyName says:

    We will not allow CIA propaganda to profit and brainwash minds. We The People will fight this anyway possible. Netflix can say goodbye to profits if they keep taking tax payer money funded by the CIA to push political narratives.

  11. dr3yec says:

    At least release something worth watching.

  12. Jdog says:

    Should have demanded that they not cancel Bobs Burgers and American Dad. Ideologies…not money…

  13. Donald Trumpp says:

    lol… as if this “series” is any good…

  14. Nandy Drew says:

    he is dumb as f*** the smartest move wouldn’t be to either hack all of the episodes or almost none at all to make a real impact I had no idea that there was three more episodes left which means I still have to use Netflix which means most people would just probably go to Netflix in the first place instead of waiting 3 months or two rather for the rest just my opinion

  15. David Barnett says:

    Netflix, as publicly traded company has a responsibility to its shareholders to protect its Intellectual Property.

    Part of this responsibility is knowing who it shares its property with and how they conduct business. Properly structured contracts would require and audit certain security controls and protocols by vendors with who it shares unreleased content.

    Without making the victim responsible for the crime, I need point out that Netflix is equally responsible as their service providers. And, if the service providers are mom-and-pop, then they own the responsibility. Why not do the work in their own premise and just outsource the skills?

    • terr hutt bc says:

      read the pastebin of the hacker, he very clearly says that he was so early, the last three episodes aren’t even finished. how can something be released if it not there

  16. My question is What Is “Orange is New Black”? Never heard of it. Give me GOT, Black Sails, Zombie TV shows, or some good violent/bloody and raw anime like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders; probably one of the best Anime with a story out there.

    • Leo Korsh says:

      Did you even read the article? Its ONLY the most watched series from Netflix, according to the company itself.

    • Chaka says:

      it’s a hit series on Netflix from the creator of Weeds. if it wasn’t good we wouldn’t be on season 5 now.

  17. PennyPingleton says:

    This article must have been linked to Breitbart or FoxNews. Look at all the SALTY ASS conservatives commenting about libruls and homoseshuls, etc. Suddenly hackers are the far rights’ best buds.

  18. PennyPingleton says:

    This article must have been linked to Breitbart or FoxNews. Look at all the SALTY ASS conservatives commenting about libruls and homoseshuls and etc. Suddenly hackers are the far rights’ best buds.

  19. Rated Republican Superstar says:

    Would not surprise me if Netflix leaked it themselves in a ploy to get more subscribers. Notice they left out the last 3 episodes of the season, the ones people more likely want to watch anyway.

    However, if Netflix really was hacked, I’m not crying over it. The left deserves it as a consequence for their unconstitutional hit job against Fox News.

  20. betsy says:

    lol yeah I’m totally going to go illegally download all of the episodes and go through the effort to watch all of them. not. watching on netflix is so convenient with autoplay and everything I’m just going to wait lol. good try though hackers.

    • joe bud says:

      “All the effort to watch all of them.” What effort? you download them and press play.

      • nerdrage says:

        I think that was sarcasm,

        Netflix is stupid easy and stupid cheap. Anyone who goes to the effort to pirate Netflix shows just to save the equivalent of a couple Starbucks lattes is a moron.

  21. Emanon says:

    Netflix should of just released the entire season the moment the idiot threatened them for ransom and been like “fuck you, asshole.”

  22. Perhaps non subscribers to Netflix can see the depravity and trash this show represents.

  23. Kris says:

    So? I have Netflix. I don’t watch the show anyway. People who love the products will always pay to support them if they are willing and able. It means about nothing. Let us know when there’s real news. By the way, watch Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return. Or watch, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Original. It needs some more support. I want them to make a second season.

  24. George M. Semel says:

    Never pay extortion, If I was running Netflix I would have posted the whole thing as an answer and get the FBI to go after this guy!

  25. Kaijudog says:

    I notice that not even the hackers were willing to leak the new Bill Nye show under their own banner. Some things are just to horrible and damaging to your reputation.

  26. B Da Truth says:

    For over 8 years Obama ignored it as the Chinese stole and pirated our movies, our music, patents, industrial secrets, military secrets and more yet Hollywood filled his coffers with cash. Now I’m supposed to get all up in arms over some stolen episodes of Netflix?

  27. clintoon## says:

    Personally I enjoyed the wikileaks about Obama, Hillary and Podesta. Exposing the scum of the left was delicious.

  28. Olrik says:

    They can release to their hearts content but I wouldn’t watch this, or any other show or movie of its ilk, if you paid me.

  29. TeamOrocket says:

    Honestly, I’m not SO hype about OINTB that I have to watch it months in advance????? I have no problem holding out till it releases. PLUS. Once you leak it doesn’t matter if you delete the posting because other people will have grabbed it and will redistribute it so that’s a dumb way of asking for $$$$$ from them.

    Netflix isn’t a typical on-air network anyway, they can just assume they lost some viewership and factor it in going off the other seasons of OINTB. If anything, this might help the show creators if they had lost any viewership organically to cover it up.


  31. reidhb says:

    So they have no Insurance whatsoever ?

  32. Good for Netflix. Do NOT give in. Do NOT negotiate with cyberterrorists. If you do, its open season. Bulk up your security and ride it out. I am waiting until June and watching on Netflix

  33. DarkStarAz says:

    I predict Netflix will have the last laugh when the Dark Overlord is found, tried and convicted.

  34. Marsh says:

    Likely Chinese cyber terrorists.

  35. Rats…
    Thought it might be something worth watching.

  36. EricJ says:

    Oh, so instead of being able to stream them later for “free”, we’ll be able to stream them -now- for free, then….DO THOSE HACKERS KNOW NO SHAME?? ;)

  37. Jean says:

    “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,” the hacker wrote. “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.””

    I’ve read a comment with that extreme amount of smug delusionism only once before. Which leads me to be 99% sure the hacker was Chinese. No one else would speak that way. You’re welcome.

    • El says:

      The note looks phony to me. I suspect a deliberate leak to get attention. After all, wouldn’t a real hacker go after something worth watching?

  38. Yogi says:

    BTW they copied the shows, they didn’t steal them. Stealing would be if the owner no longer had them. Nothing was taken, just copied and then distributed.

    • sotsov says:

      Can I copy and distribute your credit card number? Nothing would be taken, just copied then distributed.

  39. Bevo says:

    Those darn Russians!

  40. Chris says:

    Pathetic thieving scum. Do they realize how sad their little diatribes make them sound? Or how morally bankrupt their stealing and shake down attempts make them?

  41. mikey0 says:

    In case people are unaware even downloading such a video could very well result in huge fines so what is to be gained? I hate to tell you but many videos (movies, especially) have the ability to track where they go. Also, whatever service you are using (like Cox) can easily detect an illegal download. Many older movies and TV shows are now available on P2P sites but that may stop if fools like this abuse the system.

  42. sailfishman says:

    And your bizarre ranting has what to do with the article?

  43. Frank Tagliano says:

    The “hacker” who released the episodes was probably one of the show’s producers since they lose audience every week since their audience are the actors’ family, and those on the lam who get caught.

    • That would, of course, be ‘audience is…’, given that the word audience is clearly singular. There is a reason one never hears the phrase “dumb and funny”…it is always “smart and funny”.

  44. sailfishman says:

    Forget about the fact the episodes were stolen or that there were ransom demands made…what does this say about the state of security in Corporate America? As a cyber-security consultant I can attest that all too often Corporations think they will never be hacked and when they are, they sweep it under the carpet quickly because they know their stock will suffer. In this case, Netflix stock will suffer because they chose a vendor who does not have adequate security and they didn’t even verify that there was adequate security in place, therefore they now get to suffer the consequences.

    • Handyec says:

      Your viewpoint is only valid in a corporate security context. As only the first 10 episodes were released, and the final 3 episodes of the season are still only available to paying customers, Netflix looses nothing from the show’s dedicated followers. If anything, they can gain viewership from those that haven’t seen the show who would be intrigued by the partial exposure.

      But here’s something that you, as security consultant, will understand. Netflix, as the injured party, is legally protected by ‘Risk Transference”. They trusted a 3rd party to protect their intellectual property (Not stolen property for those that keep saying that) from getting out. By it being released, Netflix can recoop potential lost revenue (actual or perceived) and likely punitive damages from this 3rd party production company. Of course that will be paid off by Lionsgate’s Insurance company. That’s who you should really feel sorry for in this whole situation.

      • JamesMark says:

        Actually you don’t need to be a paying subscriber to see the remaining 3 episodes. They will be released in unauthorized places within hours of the release of them on June 9th.

        Also if they were going to watch them on Netflix they aget a free 30 day trial and they can watch then and cancel so they still saw them free. The free trial isn’t based on your credit card it’s based off of per email and I’m sure there is people every month creating a new email for Netflix to get more 30 day free trials. I pay for pay for Netflix but there are people who do stuff like this.

  45. Suzy says:

    While I do see that stealing is a crime, what does this really do? So someone posted a few episodes. If people are already subscribing to Netflix they are not going to unsubscribe because they can see a few episodes early. And for those who are not subscribers, what good does it do them to have a few episodes to watch if they can’t see the show from the beginning? I say punish the hacker for stealing which is a crime no matter what you steal, but I really don’t see that this particular crime has accomplished much. Now if someone suddenly makes a lot more Netfilx stuff available somewhere for free it might become a real problem.

  46. Scott says:

    It’s called streaming, nothing new. boo hoo

  47. Dave Turner says:

    Is the hacker in question being punished by having to download this tripe? Or was he forced to watch it as well?

  48. Nob says:

    Most of these shows suck, so it’s no big deal!

  49. B Da Truth says:

    They are also threatening to release the results of the next presidential election and while I don’t want to be a spoiler, Trump wins again !.. Let me know if they hack Taboo or Vikings then I’ll be concerned.

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