Hacker Threatens to Release New Season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’

Orange Is The New Black
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A hacker who claims to have stolen the new season of “Orange is the New Black” is threatening to release the episodes online, unless Netflix pays an undisclosed amount of money, Variety has confirmed.

“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,” Netflix said in a statement.

Using the alias The Dark Overlord, the hacker reportedly stole other TV shows in the breach, according to the AP, and may have already uploaded the first episode of “Orange Is the New Black” Season 5 to an illegal file-sharing website.

The F.B.I. is said to be investigating the matter.

New episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” are set for release on June 9.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently announced the streaming giant had surpassed 100 million subscribers. The company also said it was raising more than $1 billion outside of the U.S. to invest in its global division.

In the stock market, Netflix shares closed at $152.20 (-0.57%) on Friday.

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

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  1. Everything is very open with a precise explanation of the challenges.
    It was definitely informative. Your site is extremely helpful.

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  2. Steve55 says:

    Imagine, the rich 1% left movie stars and movie producers point “their” finger at the right demanding we give up our money and inheritance to support their agenda. Yet the rich left makes more money, builds walls around their mansions, fly in private jets, ride in large limos, wearing $50,000 dresses, drinking the finest wine. “Take from the rich right” they say. I’m laughing that someone hacked their movies so poor people can watch a movievwithout paying $12 a ticket. Using their agenda,,, I say,,, get rid of laws protecting them of they want laws removed protecting or money. FBI should not spend one minute on this crap.

  3. maxx steele says:

    It’s not just a few episodes. It’s the entire season 5 that’s available online, right now and in thousands of places. If you don’t want to get pwnd then don’t put sh1t you don’t want people to see online.

  4. jgoi@yahoo.com says:

    Can’t say I feel sorry for netflix since they don’t want to help us preserve net neutrality anymore.

  5. name says:

    Nice to see the FBI has its priorities straight (sarcasm)

  6. Vanessa says:

    Just go ahead and show the show before the hackers can do so problem solved

  7. Matt Toomb says:

    Netflix should just release it if it’s done, show him up.

  8. Bill says:

    Shouldn’t that headline read “Terrorist Threatens to Release OITNB”?

  9. this dark overlord character should be added to the cast for next season, but actually be in jail. LOL

  10. Rebecca says:

    Netflix could beat him by just releasing it early. They wouldn’t have to pay a dime, and customers would be happy.

  11. Gillian says:

    I’m watching the leaked episode right now now, I feel bad but I also love the show haha

  12. i don’t think he will get caught unless he is stupid. considering netflix is subscription based they wouldnt lose any money from this. lets say they would somehow lose money, all they’d have to do is release it before the thief does.

  13. Janet Gonzalez says:

    Have Netflix release OITNB early.

  14. Jonathan says:

    The FBI will catch this ass. Anyhow, I can’t wait for the new season to be released. Little over a month, June 9!

  15. cwyates says:

    This is obvious extortion, and the suspect will be caught. My wife and I are anxiously awaiting the next season. My wife and I both worked for the L.A. Sheriff’s Department and spent several years working in the jail system. This show is always right on with things that actually happen in the jail system. We talk to many of our friends who think things on the show couldn’t really happen in reality. This show is very accurate.

  16. Billy B says:

    The first episode ALREADY has been uploaded to numerous torrent sites. There is NO WAY millions of potential subscribers are not going to subscribe because 1 episode of 1 show got leaked. The leak isn’t even HD quality and has a timestamp on it. Same thing happened with Game of Thrones and no one cared. His mistake is being greedy, if you’re going to give stolen stuff away don’t expose yourself and try to profit off of it.

  17. lindsey says:

    do people still watch oitnb?

  18. nerdrage says:

    What a bunch of crap. Orange is the New Black is my favorite Netflix show but by itself it wouldn’t motivate me to subscribe. It’s the totality of what Netflix offers that is convincing. Right now, I’m watching Archer and Better Call Saul. OitNB only lasts a week or two anyway. What do I do the rest of the year?

  19. Felicia Hardy says:

    Who cares and would anyone watch?

    Game of Thrones and Vikings episodes have been leaked to websites in the past and the world did not stop and the ratings on those shows did not collapse.

    It’s illegal by the way, and this dude will go to jail. The FBI can track these things.

    • Anonymous says:

      The FBI can track these thing…lol. Pleb.

    • nerdrage says:

      I hope the FBI nails his hide to the wall. Moron.

      • Anonymous says:

        The F.B.I. doesn’t give a SH*T about people “leaking” TV shows. Are you a complete moron?

      • Kickass torrents says:

        Why is variety refusing to disclose the production vendor that had its security compromised. Forget the fact the show was leaked, who cares!

        You people are avoiding the real issue here. It wasn’t Netflix that was compromised, it was a vendor that many entertainment studios use. Any takers it was prime focus?

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