SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A hacker claims to have adopted by way of on a menace to launch a number of episodes from the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit collection “Orange Is The New Black.”
The hacker, who goes by the identify The Darkish Overlord, introduced the transfer on Twitter early Saturday. The submit included a hyperlink to an unlawful file-sharing service the place purportedly 10 episodes from the collection’ upcoming fifth season have been out there for obtain. The Related Press couldn’t legally affirm the authenticity of the uploaded information.
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New episodes of “Orange” are scheduled for official launch on June 9. Pirated copies of the collection’ episodes might dent Netflix’s subscriber progress and the corporate’s inventory worth. A spokeswoman for the video streaming service declined to touch upon the discharge of the episodes Saturday.
Earlier, Netflix stated that a small manufacturing vendor that works with a number of main TV studios 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.
The Darkish Overlord had been demanding that Netflix pay an unspecified ransom in trade for not releasing the episodes prematurely on-line. In a press release on-line Saturday, the hacker famous that Netflix had remained “unresponsive” to the ransom request.
“It didn’t need to be this manner, Netflix,” the hacker wrote. “You’re going to lose much more cash in all of this than what our modest supply was.”
The hacker claims to have stolen different collection from Netflix and different studios, together with ABC, Nationwide Geographic and Fox. The Darkish Overlord promised to additionally launch titles from these different networks 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.”
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It’s not clear what triggered The Darkish Overload’s renewed ransom calls for.