SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit collection “Orange Is The New Black,” and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to stop all the brand new episodes from being prematurely launched on-line.
The hacker, working underneath the identify The Darkish Overlord, has already purportedly uploaded the primary episode to an unlawful file-sharing service. The Related Press couldn’t legally affirm the authenticity of that uploaded file.
New episodes of “Orange” are scheduled for official launch on June 9.
Netflix stated that a small manufacturing vendor that works with a number of main TV studios had suffered a breach. The Los Gatos, California, firm described it as an “lively state of affairs” that’s being investigated by the FBI and different authorities.
Pirated copies of “Orange” might dent Netflix’s subscriber progress and the corporate’s inventory worth.
Within the ransom word, The Darkish Overlord claimed to have stolen collection from different studios, too, by breaking right into a single firm. The purported hacker promised to additionally launch these titles until “modest” ransoms are paid.
Rumors of an enormous leak of Hollywood movies and TV episodes have been circulating on-line for months, fed by purported screenshots of the footage and a replica of a proposed deal to delete the stolen materials in return for tens of hundreds of dollars in digital foreign money.
When the AP contacted The Darkish Overlord in February, the hacker stated the purloined video wouldn’t be made publicly out there in any case, making the far-fetched declare that “nobody actually (cares) about unreleased films and TV present episodes.”
It’s not clear what triggered The Darkish Overload’s renewed ransom calls for.
Netflix is relying on “Orange” to assist it add three.2 million subscribers from April by way of June. That’s considerably larger than the corporate’s common achieve of 1.eight million subscribers in the identical interval over the previous 5 years.
Every time Netflix’s quarterly subscriber good points fall in need of administration’s projections, the corporate’s inventory often plunges.