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Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series

Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series

In the ransom note, The Dark Overlord claimed to have stolen series from other studios, too, by breaking into a single company.

It has been renewed for an expected seven seasons and is Netflix's most-watched original series.

When contacted by the AP, Netflix representatives stated that the leak originated with a small production vendor, which works with major TV studios. 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. The purported hacker promised to also release those titles unless "modest" ransoms are paid.

The hacker claimed to have properties from studios besides Netflix, including ABC, National Geographic, Fox, and IFC.

In order to confirm that the person's threats were real, he/she allegedly released the first episode of the show's new season on an illegal download site.




"It didn't have to be this way, Netflix", the hacker wrote in a message posted on Saturday morning. "We were quite offended by our targets' responses (or lack thereof)", it added.

"We are aware of the situation". Cliffhangers can be frustrating, but at least we had reason to care about this show again. Or, perhaps, the episodes were not available from wherever the others were acquired.

Meanwhile, this hacker has a Twitter account from which they're distributing press releases - this is well over the line into cartoon villain territory, and to be honest, it's kind of incredible. It would seem their view on the matter has changed.

Season 5 of OITNB is scheduled to officially premiere on Netflix on June 9, though it is possible that the video streaming service may bump up the date now that 10 of the 13 new episodes have prematurely leaked online.

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